Campbellsville University Honors Trio of OPS Teachers for Excellence in Teaching


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (June 24, 2021)  – Campbellsville University’s 35th annual Excellence in Teaching Award Program Ceremony was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, honoring 205 teachers with the Excellence in Teaching Award from 72 districts and/or private schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said, “The Excellence in Teaching program is one of our most meaningful tributes to Kentucky teachers.

“Teachers deserve recognition for pouring themselves into the lives of our P-12 students. Teachers not only serve students in the classroom, but they make profound impacts in their students’ personal lives and on their future. I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize the best of the best in education!”

Elizabeth Franklin, also with the Campbellsville University School of Education said, “We have created something we hope communicates the extraordinary amount of respect and awe we have for the teachers who not only endured the past school year, but embraced its many challenges, and excelled. The professionals we honor this year were able to create nurturing classroom environments, even when there were no students in the seats. Truly there has never been a more appropriate year to honor the tireless dedication of teachers.”  

A total of 4,368 Kentucky teachers have been honored since the program began in 1987 with assistance from Earl Aaron and the Ward, Cundiff and Aaron Memorial Fund. The purpose of the program is to recognize the quality teaching and learning taking place in the school systems throughout Kentucky. 

The Excellence in Teaching Awards program is in partnership with Lexington’s CBS-affiliate, WKYT-TV. The teachers are selected by their school districts in each grade level (preschool/elementary, middle and high school).

Winners from Owensboro Public Schools include Susan Bratcher, Sutton Elementary School; Stephanie Luckett, Owensboro Middle School; and Stephanie Gray, Owensboro Innovation Academy.

Bratcher teaches kindergarten and first grade at Sutton Elementary School where she has worked since 2000. She formerly taught in the Owensboro Catholic School system from 1995 until 1999. She received her Bachelor of Science in Brescia University AND her Masters in Education from Western Kentucky University. 

Luckett is an ELA teacher at Owensboro Middle School. She began her career at the school after graduating from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1992 and has spent her entire career there with the exception of 1996-1999 she taught in Union, Kentucky.  Luckett received her Bachelor of Arts in middle grades education from KWC and earned her Masters in middle grades education 

with an endorsement in gifted education from Western Kentucky University. She is also a National Board Certified teacher and a 1988 graduate of Owensboro High School.

Gray teaches engineering at Owensboro Innovation Academy for 9-12th grades where she was one of the founding teachers of the new school six years ago. She also previously taught math in Henderson, Ohio and Daviess County schools prior to coming to OPS. She received her Bachelor of Arts in speech communication 1996 and her Master of Arts in middle grades education in 2005 both from Western Kentucky University. She also holds a Rank I from the University of the Cumberlands which she earned in 2020.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 11,900 students offering more than 100 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has Kentucky based off-campus centers in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville. Out-of-state centers include two in California at Los Angeles and Lathrop, located in the San Francisco Bay region. The website for complete information is

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Back to School News       Print