Educators honored

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The University of Pikeville Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes (from left) Deborah Lemaster, Stephen A. Trimble, Emily Faye Warne, Tammie Hobbs Hensley, Jeff Shannon, Modena Sallee, Cassandra Akers and Billy Ray Buchanan accepted Teddie Renee’ Buchanan’s award.

Educators with ties to Floyd County are among those inducted into the University of Pikeville Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame recently. 

The Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to “honor those whose contributions to learning have inspired generations of students and made a significant impact in the field of education,” a press release from UPike said. 

This year’s inductees include Floyd County Schools consultant and former principal Cassandra Akers of Stanville, Prestonsburg High School teacher Jeff Shannon and  Stephen A. Trimble of Paintsville, who previously served as interim superintendent in Floyd County. 

Akers, who has a 25-year-carreer in education, received her bachelor’s degree from Alice Lloyd College, her master’s degree and Rank I in special education from Morehead State University and her Principalship from Morehead State University. Teaching physical education and special education for 19 years, she was able to give back to her alma mater of Betsy Layne High School in Floyd County as teacher, coach, assistant principal and then as principal. She retired from that role as BLHS principal, but she returned to the school district this year as a consultant, assisting with special education, administration and planning development. 

Akers is part of the Kentucky Basketball Association’s Court of Honor and is a Betsy Layne High School Hall of Fame inductee. She also served as Regional Representative to Kentucky Association-School Administration (KASA) for the mountain regions. A memorable moment for Akers was in November 2015 when her school was selected for a visit with Bill and Melinda Gates as well as members of the Gates Foundation.

 “I appreciate the honor of being recognized, but it’s no only my award,” Akers said in a press release issued by Floyd County Schools. “It belongs to my family for their support, my students who always pushed me to be my best for them and the wonderful teachers and support staff teams that have surrounded me over the years. I’ve been truly blessed.” 

She has been married to her husband Ronnie Akers for 27 years and has four children, Donnie, Kim, Justin and Alex.

Shannon, who has 18 years in education, received his bachelor’s degree in industrial and engineering technology, a master’s degree in career and technical education and Doctorate of Education from Morehead State University. He holds numerous certifications and is  a  member  of  the  Kentucky Colonels, CompTia Educator Network, the National Association of Industrial Technology and an online learning consortium.

Shannon has written and received three grants and has been awarded the Alumni Tower Supervision Award from Morehead State University. He was also named a Tech Teacher of the Year finalist with Kentucky Tech as well as named the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Congressional Skills Education Program Winner.

Shannon currently serves with the Kentucky Department of Building and Housing and as an adjunct professor for the University of Louisiana’s Department for Graduate Education and the Kentucky Department of Education with Prestonsburg High School. He continues to make an impact across the Commonwealth through his work with the Kentucky State Board of Technical Education, the Eastern Kentucky Federal Credit Union Board of Directors and the Trinity Christian Academy Board of Directors.

He said in the press release, “It’s truly an honor to be inducted into the University of Pikeville’s Distinguished Educator Hall of Fame. I see this accomplishment as only being possible due to blessings from God, the support of my wife and kids and the wealth of career advice over the years from my principal Lenville Martin.” 

Trimble, a consultant for School Administers/Superintendents for the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation, worked as interim superintendent in Floyd County until the hiring of Danny Adkins. 

A Johnson Central High School graduate, Trimble received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Pikeville College (PC ‘81), a master’s degree in health/physical Education/Recreation from Morehead State University, his Rank I in School Administration at Morehead State University and his Superintendent’s Certification from Union College.

During the course of his career, Trimble has received several accolades including 2007 Johnson Central High School Hall of Fame inductee, 2009 Kentucky Association for Academic Competition Hall of Fame as Administrator Supporting Academic Success, 2010 Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC) Superintendent of the Year and the 2014 Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement in Education award.

Trimble and his wife Pam have two sons, Drew and David; two daughters-in-law, Kristina and Miranda; and two grandsons, Noah and Jake.

Other inductees included Teddie Renee’ Buchanan (posthumously), Tammie Hobbs Hensley of Pikeville, Deborah Lemaster of Paintsville, Modena Sallee of Lexington and Emily Fay Warne of Paintsville.

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