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Rotarians honor entire HPS faculty as ‘Teachers of the Year’

By Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools, 05/10/21 9:52 PM
HOPE – The Hope Rotary Club typically honors one teaching faculty member from elementary
and secondary education in the Hope Public Schools as its Teachers of the Year. This year,
however, the Rotarians stepped totally outside the box and named the entire teaching and
support faculty of the district as Rotary Teachers of the Year 2021.
HPS Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hart thanked the Rotarians for the recognition on behalf of the
district’s faculties during presentation ceremonies at each of the district’s campuses Friday.
“We are so proud of all our teachers and we are grateful to the Rotary Club for their dedication
to the Hope Public Schools,” Dr. Hart said.
He said the Rotarians typically ask for nominations to honor one elementary school teacher and
one secondary school teacher.
“There was no way we could single out only one or two recipients for this award,” Hart said. “All
of our teachers have worked together to make this year a success in spite of the
Rotarian selection committee chair John Watkins said the idea made perfect sense in a year
dominated by COVID-19 challenges.
“Doctor Hart brought us the idea and everyone agreed one hundred percent,” Watkins said
during the presentations Friday. “Teachers have been challenged above and beyond through
this year, and you have responded wonderfully.”
Committee co-chair Les Patterson, who works with third grade classes each year as The Water
Wizard to explain the ecology of clean water, called the response to the COVID-19 year by
teachers a remarkable achievement.
“I am so thankful that we have you all to teach our children,” Patterson said.
Each faculty/support staff member was presented with a yard sign designating their residence
as that of a 2021 Rotary Teacher of the Year. The club also provided each with a certificate for
a free meal at Tailgater’s Café in Hope.