PIKEVILLE – Nikki Gearheart from James A. Duff Elementary and Christina Crase from Betsy Layne High School were inducted into the University of Pikeville Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame on Thursday (Oct. 13).
“UPIKE inducted 10 individuals into the Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame and the board team and I are proud to say that two of these are from our team,” Floyd County Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb said. “Having been in Nikki and Christina’s classrooms many times, I can say that the honor is well deserved. These young ladies are changing the lives of students every day and inspiring kids to see what they’re capable of accomplishing.”
UPIKE accepted nominations in May of this year. Nominees had to be current elementary, middle, secondary, collegiate or professional level teachers; from the Appalachian region; have 10 or more years of service and be examples of teachers who are changing the lives of students and inspiring them to continue learning.
“We appreciate UPIKE recognizing two of our excellent teachers,” Webb added. “Please join us in congratulating Nikki and Christina on receiving this honor.”