Private school teachers Michelle Barnett, Patti Kramb and Jan Luken have won the 2012 Reams Family Awards for Teaching Excellence from Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.
Former county residents Fred and Karen Reams established the awards, now in their seventh year, to recognize outstanding educators teaching in private school serving Bartholomew County.
Presentations were made at each teacher’s school, and each recipient received $3,000, said Chrissy Alspaugh, scholarship manager of the Heritage Fund.
Barnett is a kindergarten and physical education teacher at White Creek Lutheran School who has taught there for 15 years, Alspaugh said. Barnett is interested in individualizing education for students, particularly those with special needs.
She is pursuing her colloquy, a graduate-level program that provides the theological background encouraged for Lutheran teachers.
Kramb is a preschool and kindergarten teacher at ABC-Stewart School who has taught there for 21 years and excels in creating an inclusive environment in which students learn the value of diversity, Alspaugh said.
Luken is a resource and Title 1 teacher at St. Peter’s Lutheran School, where she has remained for 10 years out of 31 years of teaching overall. Alspaugh said Luken incorporates educational best practices into her instruction to reach students in a different way than they usually are taught.
Luken has implemented programs for homework help, to feed children in need, to help flood victims and to educate staff.
The teachers were nominated by their schools’ principals or directors, based on criteria including the individual’s exceptional skills and dedication to teaching, exemplary initiative and contributions to their schools and environments.