Campbellsville honors top teachers

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 CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University honored 160 teachers from 59 school districts throughout Kentucky by receiving the Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award Saturday, May 11, at Winters Dining Hall in the E. Bruce Heilman Student Center Complex on the CU campus.

At this 27th annual program, CU recognized 160 teachers from 59 school districts. A total of 3,014 teachers have been recognized for their teaching excellence throughout the years.

The Excellence in Teaching Awards program is in partnership with Lexington’s CBS-affiliate, WKYT-TV.

The Excellence in Teaching Award recipients include the following with their superintendent listed first:

Bullitt County School System – Keith Davis, superintendent; Kimberly Kyle Harding, Shepherdsville Elementary School; Bobbi jean Caranna, Bullitt Lick Middle School; and Walter Michael Kaelin Jr., Bullitt Central High School.

Harding is a kindergarten through fifth grade arts and humanities teacher at Shepherdsville Elementary School.  She has also taught at Cedar Grove Elementary School. She is a graduate of Louisville Male High School in Louisville, Ky. 

She earned both her bachelor’s of psychology and master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Louisville. Those were completed in 2000 and 2001. In 2009, Harding received her Rank 1 in educational leadership from Indiana University Southeast.

She is the wife of Christopher Harding, and the mother of Madison and Henry. Her parents are Warren Timothy and Robin Louise Gabhart of Louisville.

Caranna is an eighth grade English and language arts teacher at Bullitt County Middle School. In 1999, she graduated from Serrano High School in Phelan, Calif.

In 2005, she received her bachelor of science in journalism from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss. She earned her master’s degree in secondary education from University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., in 2011.

Her teaching career began at Calhoun, Miss. at Calhoun City High School where she taught eighth through 12th grade English.

Caranna resides in Louisville, Ky. with her husband Jon Caranna.

Kaelin has been a ninth through 12th grade biology teacher at Bullitt Central High School since 2005.

In 1998, he graduated from DeSales High School in Louisville, Ky. Kaelin received his bachelor’s of science in biology from the University of Louisville in 2003. He continued to earn his master’s in teaching, also from Louisville, in 2004.

He has made five feature films. They were all partially shot within Shepherdsville, Ky. 

The Campellsville University School of Education has the following programs: undergraduate: P-5, elementary education; 5-9, middle grades education; 8-12, English, math, biology, chemistry and social studies; P-12, art, music, health and physical education and special education; P-12, English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement; P-12, environmental education endorsement;  P-12, Spanish; early childhood education, and interdisciplinary early childhood education;

Graduate – teacher leader master of arts in education; teacher leader master of arts in special education; master of arts in special education initial certification; Rank I program; director of special education; P-12, ESL endorsement; P-12, environmental education endorsement; and P-12, gifted and talented education.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students.

 offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.