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Campbellsville University "Excellence in Teaching Award"

Each year, our principals nominate a teacher as a candidate for the Campbellsville University “Excellence in Teaching” award.  The purpose of this award is to provide statewide recognition to those teachers who selflessly give of themselves to their students each and every day. Annually, one elementary, middle, and high school teacher is selected who demonstrates the following attributes as an educator:  One who…..

  • Applies energy and enthusiasm to teaching

  • Uses a variety of methods and best-practice instructional strategies

  • Applies imagination and originality in meeting the diverse array of students’ needs

  • Demonstrates efficient scheduling of time and is thorough in handling assignments

  • Exhibits professional integrity and reliability

  • Devotes time and energy to improving professional competence

  • Helps others to gain professional growth

  • Works to maintain a strong working relationship between the school and community

  • Demonstrates good moral character

This evening we want to acknowledge the three outstanding Lincoln County teachers who were named as Lincoln County’s 2013-2014 recipients of the Campbellsville Excellence in Teaching” award.

Natalie Sutton, Diana Lane, & Rachael Yaden


Mrs. Diana Lane:  Diana is a 4th grade science teacher at Hustonville Elementary School.  Mrs. Lane is a 1994 graduate of Lincoln County High School, whereupon she completed her post-secondary work at Georgetown College in 1999--graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Biology.  Diana subsequently earned her Master of Arts Degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

Diana serves as Hustonville’s academic team coach and serves as the district’s elementary level cadre teacher leader.  Mrs. Lane stated that she truly believes that all students can learn at high levels and daily pushes her students to excel in order that they might possess the skills and abilities to someday give back to their community.

Married to Darrin Lane, the couple has two children, Darianna and Joseph.  Thank you, Diana, for your willingness to serve in pivotal leadership positions and instruct our young people in such an outstanding manner each and every day.


Mrs. Rachael Yaden:  Representing the middle level is Mrs. Rachael Yaden.  A graduate of Rocky River High School in Northern Ohio, Rachael attended Wooster College where she earned degrees in Archaeology, Classical Civilizations, and Geography.  Following a desire to teach, she then earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Morehead State University. Mrs. Yaden began her teaching career at Lincoln County Middle School in 1997.  Rachael is a creative and passionate teacher—especially in the area of technology—and has represented Lincoln County well these last few years by become a frequent conference presenter.  One of our Nationally Certified Teachers, she also leads her colleagues by serving as the chair of the social studies department and as the middle level district cadre leader. On her biographical page, Mrs. Yaden wrote that she believed that, “No one ever stops learning—it is an unending process— and, as an educator, it is her job to instill a sense of mystery and love of learning history within her students.” 

Married to Darren Yaden, the couple has two children, Grayson and Bryson.  It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to recognize and thank you for your dedication and commitment to the students of Lincoln County.


(Mrs. Natalie Dawn Sutton:  Representing the High School level is Natalie Sutton.  Natalie teaches Business and Marketing to students of all grade levels at Lincoln County High School. A 1995 graduate of Garrard County High School, Natalie did her undergraduate work at Sullivan University where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Finance and Masters Degree in Business Administration.  She later picked up her Rank I at Eastern Kentucky University in the field of Secondary Education.  Natalie is at the center of many student and staff activities at LCHS.  She serves as the Practical Living/Career Studies Content lead, the FBLA and Yearbook Advisor, and assists greatly by serving as the Advisory Council’s Secretary.  An active contributor in her community, as well, Natalie serves on the Garrard County Fair Board, the State Fair Pageant Board, and as the accounting chair for Garrard County’s Relay for Life. Mrs. Sutton stated that she was dedicated to educating each student with the knowledge of business and computer technology that will enable them to have a successful career in a competitive workforce and to be a life-long learner.  As an educator, she values the vision and mission of the district and her school and wants all of her students to be college and career ready when they leave her classroom and encourages as many students as possible to be a part of the co-op program and get out into the community as much as possible.

Married and the mother of a four year old, we are very fortunate, indeed, to have Mrs. Sutton working with our high school students making their days engaging, fun, and relevant  Congratulations, Natalie for attaining this prestigious award.

These teachers attended a luncheon and ceremony hosted by Campbellsville University this past May     where they were recognized with other elite educators as the “Best of the Best” in the Commonwealth.  We appreciate your service to the teaching profession and the example that you set for students in your classrooms and schools every day. We want you to know how very special you are to us. Congratulations!!

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