Two Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. teachers have received the 2015 William and Sally Hanley Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Lori Cash and Sherry Hashman each received the award through the Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

The award, established in 2000 to recognize outstanding elementary teachers in the school district, comes with a $750 stipend.

Recipients are nominated by their principals and must demonstrate dedication to their job, exemplary initiative and contributions to improving the school and its environment.

Nominations are accompanied by letters of recommendation from the principal, fellow teachers, parents and students.

Cash has been a first-grade teacher at Columbus Signature Academy Lincoln Campus for the past four years. She has been involved in nearly every districtwide initiative involving the first grade, from multisensory literacy to standard-based report cards.

She has been a teacher for about 10 years. Before she joined CSA-Lincoln, she was a literacy coordinator for McDowell Adult Education Center and director of Book Bodies.

“Lori’s work ethic is second to none,” colleague Jill Glover said of Cash. “She always has the best interests of our students, staff, school and community in mind.”

Hashman, a second-grade teacher at CSA-Fodrea, has been teaching for 28 years, including the past five at the Fodrea campus.

Principal Diane Clancy nominated Hashman for her creativity and encouragement in the classroom and her leadership in implementing Project-Based Learning.

“Sherry builds relationships with her students by showing them how much she cares about their success inside and outside the classroom,” Clancy said. “She encourages them to do their best in all they do.”

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.