So. Oldham teacher awarded ExCel Award


by Gary Roedemeier

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 6:40 PM

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (WHAS11) – Bethany Abercrombie, a calculus teacher at South Oldham High School, has been chosen as the ExCel Award winner in Oldham County for 2014.

Abercrombie received the golden apple in ceremonies at South Oldham on Wednesday. And she was praised a teacher, whose classroom is happy and energized.

Abercrombie says happiness describes the learning environment in her classroom. She says, the challenge is to get students working, focused and engaged so she has their attention for a full 50 minutes.

And she needs their attention because calculus is not easy. Bethany learned that from a college professor who told her she shouldn't be a math teacher. She was told that she was not qualified and that she would not be a good teacher.

But she took that as a challenge, worked harder and got an A in the class.  Now she gets an E for ExCel as this year's outstanding teacher in Oldham County. And this is just her second year in the Oldham district.

Dorenda Neihof, the former principal who hired Abercrombie says the calculus classroom at South Oldham is always buzzing. "It's bell to bell energy and lively mathematical conversations,"
Neihof said.

During the past winter, even when school was closed on snow days, Bethany would email problems to her students to make sure they had not fallen behind in the quest for the AP Calculus exam in May.

One student was quoted as saying that Mrs. Abercrobie believes the world will always keep spinning and tomorrow, there will always be math to do.

As an ExCel Award winner, Bethany Abercrombie receives a $1,000 dollar teacher grant from the Excel sponsor, LG and E--KU. The Oldham County award completes 13 ExCel Awards for this academic year. 

This class of ExCel winners will be honored at the ExCelebration banquet in September.