SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Maggie Terry, who teaches eighth and ninth grade Algebra at Shelby County High School has been named this year's Excel Award winner in Shelby County.
Terry, who began her teaching career almost 20 years ago in Florida, has made a dramatic impact on math instruction since coming to Shelby County two years ago.
As the introductory Algebra teacher, Terry says she is setting the foundation for the rest of high school math.
Algebra can be intimidating to freshman in high school but Terry stresses that math is more than equations. She convinces the students that she is teaching them to think. And they buy into the process.
Principal Eddie Oakley says it's amazing to watch Terry in her classroom. He says the students are learning Algebra and having fun at the same time.
Terry was honored in a ceremony on Friday, May 10, at the high school. As an Excel Award winner, the teacher also receives a $1,000 teacher grant from LG and E/KU.
Throughout the day, students and fellow teachers couldn't say enough good things about Maggie Terry.
In addition to math education, Terry says, she also has an obligation to teach her students how to use the internet for research and organize the vast amount of mathematical information now available.
As with some other school districts in Kentuckiana, Shelby County designates its Teacher of the Year and the Excel Award in the same selection process. The Shelby County teacher is traditionally honored during the month of May.