LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The latest winner of the Excel Award has worked her entire teaching career at McFerran Preparatory School in Jefferson County. In fact, her principal says Leslie Spivak is the backbone of the school. She not only teaches her class, she mentors a school full of young teachers. On Wednesday, WHAS11’s Gary Roedemeier presented the Excel Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership.
One colleague calls Leslie Spivak a kind, caring and patient teacher, and she connects with other teachers, parents and especially, the students at McFerran. McFerran is a well dressed educational family. The sweaters and ties contribute to a school of quiet discipline – it's a place where Spivak thrives.
Spivak loves teaching the fifth grade because she sees this as a critical year of preparation. Spivak says “They're going have a lot more responsibility and they have to start to learn that in fifth grade.
And I also just kind of feel that they're going to develop how they're going to be as an adult in this fifth grade year. That age, ten and eleven, is so important.”
On Wednesday, her devotion to fifth graders brought her the Excel Award, which brought applause from the big family and a $1,000 check from LG&E KU. Spivak takes it all in stride, she's always prepared. “I don't want to be caught off guard, and I want to have everything prepared for the kids, because if I'm going to hold them to that standard, I need to live it myself,” she says.
She lives it every day at McFerran, building rapport and respect with her students.