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Alumna Feature: Kellie Clark

MSU Alum named 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Kellie Clark (98), a graduate of MSU’s music education program and a 16-year veteran teacher at Randall K. Cooper High School in Boone Clark-TOY-2017-2.jpgCounty, has been named the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Clark has spent her career teaching choral music and AP music theory and serves as the creating and performing arts team leader for her school. She has coached numerous students for participation in honors/all-state choirs, the Governor’s School for the Arts and the Overture Awards. One of the things she loves most about her job is the time she spends in the classroom with her students in rehearsal.
“I love music and I love having the opportunity to share my passion with young people,” said Clark. “I am so lucky to have a job that I look forward to each day. It is a great thing to see students gain confidence and discover so much about themselves and the world in which they live through their musical study and performances.”
Clark believes her time at MSU helped shape who she is as an educator.
“All of the professors I worked with in the music department were true professionals,” she said. “ I remember them being very demanding, but always willing to go the extra mile to ensure I grew as an educator and that I was prepared to lead my own students. I absolutely loved my time as an Eagle.”
Clark has been awarded $10,000 and will represent Kentucky in the 2018 National Teacher of the Year competition. She is excited to meet with education professionals across the state and also nationally to celebrate the arts in public education.teachof-year-2.jpg
“I have had the pleasure to work with so many outstanding educators over the years and to be recognized among them is a tremendous honor,” she said. “I strongly believe that participation in quality arts programs is a vital part of the education of all of our students and I am looking forward to advocating on behalf of our profession.”
Clark encourages MSU education majors to create opportunities to jump in and try new things with their students.
“When I enter my classroom each morning and see the faces of my students anxiously awaiting what we will take on that day, I feel like I want to devote all of my time and energy to making sure they have an amazing experience,” she said. “Your students will appreciate your efforts and will recognize your desire to create a unique learning environment for them. Honesty and transparency can go a long way in leading a group.”
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