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The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is recognizing Algebra teacher, Kaci Long, as their “Educator of the Month” for April!

Kaci Long

 

 The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is recognizing Algebra teacher, Kaci Long, as their “Educator of the Month” for April!  Kaci works with high school students at Wilson Central High.  School Principal, Travis Mayfield, says he nominated Kaci for the award because of how she has consistently moved the needle on everything from academics to student morale.      

 
Travis Mayfield “One of the biggest things a teacher can do to help their students is have faith in them, and that’s one of Kaci’s strong suits.  Not all students learn the same way, particularly when it comes to a complex subject like high school math, but Kaci relentlessly reassures students that they have what it takes to succeed.” 

Travis Mayfield, Principal  
Wilson Central H.S.

In some cases, that might mean tutoring students during their lunch period, which Kaci does on a regular basis.  Other times, it might mean enlisting the help of some proficient math students interested in mentoring a few peers.  (Yeah… she did that too.)  Mayfield says her teaching approach is to separate students into groups that allow her to differentiate her instructional time based on the skill levels of each group. 

When asked why Kaci is such a good teacher, we got some “interesting” responses.  One student said, “When we ask her for help, she always takes time to help us get better grades”, but that’s not all, “I like the fact that she dresses better than me!”  There you go!  Who can resist the teacher who doubles as a walking style icon!”  Duh!     

Considering the fact that Kaci is only in her 4th year of teaching, she was both shocked and grateful to learn she had been selected for this award, “I became a math teacher because I absolutely LOVE math. I know that a lot of students feel like they’re not good at math, but my goal is to break that mindset.”

It’s not just Long’s commitment to academics that makes her a student favorite!  She also helped found and sponsor the student club, C.H.A.N.G.E., in her spare time.