Teacher of the Year

Ashleigh Emily has been named Teacher of the Year, David Nelson as Staff Member of the Year, and Sara Porter as Principal of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year.

“Our staff is tremendous, but these three people really went above and beyond the call of duty, day in and day out, to help our students and school district be successful,” said Dr. Kim Hartlage, GCCS Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement. “We are so happy to give them the recognition they so deserve.”

On Friday, May 15, a team of administrators from Greater Clark County Schools surprised the three winners at their homes, giving them giant checks, a yard sign and more, to let them know they won.

“In the past, these winners would have been announced at our annual GCCS ‘Champions for Children’ event,” Hartlage said. “With that event postponed, we wanted to do something special for these three people to show them how much we appreciate them.”


Teacher of The Year: Ashleigh Emily, who teaches at Utica Elementary, has been teaching for 14 years. She will now go on to compete for Indiana’s Teacher of theYear.

Staff Member of The Year: David Nelson works as the Technology Technician at the Administration Building in Jeffersonville. He has 17 years of service.

Principal of The Year: Sara Porter is principal at Pleasant Ridge Elementary, in Charlestown, a post she has had since 2014 (6 years). Prior to becoming principal, Porter was a teacher at Greater Clark, starting in 2004.

Photo Captions: First Photo: Sara Porter is surprised by Superintendent Mark Laughner. Second Photo: Ashleigh Emily is surprised by Laughner and Emily Oliver-Jones, executive director of the Greater Clark Educational Foundation. Third Photo: Oliver-Jones and Laughner pose with David Nelson, center.


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