VINE GROVE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- For the second year in a row, a teacher at J. T. Alton Middle School has been named winner of the WHAS Excel Award in Hardin County.
Kimberly Evans teaches over 500 students in the required middle school music class but she does it with a flair for technology.
Her students are surrounded by 16 Yamaha keyboards in her classroom. They can perform and record music and then Kim emails the results to their parents.
For Kim, her classes are a place to discover young talent and teach the love of music. She admits that many students come to her not wanting to take a class in music. But she has been able to change minds, and show them the musical possibilities.
Her college professor, John Fannin, came from Murray State University to see his star pupil honored. Evans graduated from Murray in 2008.
Fannin said he knew from day one that Evans would be a natural teacher. As a student teacher, he said, she was the best that he had ever observed. As a new teacher in 2009, Evans arrived in Hardin County as a true innovator.
She started the middle school choir three years ago with just 25 singers. This year, 80 students auditioned for the choir and 45 will sing in the chorus this spring.
In a packed auditorium today, both students and faculty gathered to honor Kim Evans, the person that creates the sound of music at J.T. Alton Middle School.