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Teachers honored for excellence in teaching

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Campbellsville University honored 160 teachers from 59 school districts throughout Kentucky by receiving the Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award Saturday, May 11 at Winters Dining Hall in the E. Bruce Heilman Student Center Complex on the CU campus.
Dr. Frank Cheatham, senior vice president for academic affairs at Campbellsville University, said he is convinced teaching is a calling. He thanked the large number of administrators who were there to support their teachers.
The Excellence in Teaching Award recipients include the following with their superintendent listed first:
Marion County School System – Dr. Chuck Hamilton, superintendent; Patricia “Sissy” Abell Blandford, Lebanon Elementary School; Deanna Marie Bardin, Lebanon Middle School; and Haley Evans, 2008 Campbellsville University graduate, Marion County High School.
Blandford is a pre-school teacher at Lebanon Elementary School where she has taught since 1991. She also taught at Glasscock Elementary School.
She graduated from Marion County High School in 1981. She completed her bachelor’s of science degree in 1985 from Eastern Kentucky University. Also from Eastern in 1985, 1988 and 1993 she earned degrees in childcare, K-8 certification and master’s in elementary education, respectively.
She is the wife of Joe Marion Blandford, and the mother of Charlie, Jerod and Brennan.
Bardin is a 1991 graduate of Marion County High School, who teaches sixth and seventh grade language arts and sixth grade math at Lebanon Middle School where she has taught since 2002. She previously taught there from 1997 to 2001 and taught at New Haven Middle School from 1996 to 1997.
In 1996, she received a bachelor’s of science in middle grades education with an emphasis in math and language arts from Eastern Kentucky University. Also from Eastern she earned a master’s of arts in middle grade education degree.
She is the wife of Marshall Bardin, and mother of Gavin. Her parents are John Russell and Linda Mattingly of Lebanon.
Evans teaches ninth through 12th grade mathematics at Marion County High School where she has taught since 2008.
She graduated from Marion County High School in 2004. In 2008, she completed a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics and secondary education from Campbellsville University. She earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of the Cumberlands in 2011.
She is the wife of Joshua Evans, and the daughter of Monty and Tammy Parman of Lebanon.