PRESTONSBURG – Two local teachers saw themselves spotlighted this past week for their individual achievements.
Sandra Stapleton, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Allen Central Middle School, and her fellow teacher Angie Waugh, a science teacher at Allen Elementary, were both recognized as stand-outs in their profession.
Stapleton received a fellowship from the Kentucky State Teacher Fellows Program. Launched in 2013, the fellowship is awarded to instructors who have worked to provide feedback from thousands of their peers to the state’s department of education and drive impact on critical education policies.
“I remember as a student struggling in boring classrooms, with uncaring teachers, or when feeling like I didn’t matter,” Stapleton said. “So I strive to make each school day count in my students’ lives. I believe that a teacher should have extensive content knowledge, stay informed with best practices, and continuously seek instructional strategies to improve student learning. A teacher should enjoy teaching – that enjoyment becomes contagious causing the desire to be at school and to learn.”
Waugh was recently spotlighted by the Kentucky Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
She has 19 years in teaching experience with leadership positions including district Science Curriculum Lead, District Science Leadership Team, Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Team, Districts Accreditation Audit Team, and Literacy Design Collaborative Teacher Lead, while often presenting at educational events. She is married to Chris Waugh and has two daughters Brittney and Kristian. She has a Bachelor of Science in Early Education a Masters and Rank I in Middle School Science from Morehead State University.