Local Teacher Receives University of Kentucky Award

Julie Wise Case and Donna Crain Drury

Julie Wise Case and Donna Crain Drury

Julie Wise Case, teacher at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, was recently recognized by the University of Kentucky College of Education and received one of its Teacher Who Made a Difference awards for 2017.

UK College of Education Dean, Mary John O’Hair, presented the award to Mrs. Case during a breakfast celebratory ceremony held April 29 at Kroger Field on the University of Kentucky campus.

The college has hosted the program for 19 years. It is an opportunity to thank a teacher, principal, professor, coach, or other educator who has been inspirational to students or made a profound impact on their lives. The educational award program got its start in 1998 as part of the College’s 75th anniversary celebration. With more than 100 teachers honored that year and the overwhelming support from the UK campus & community, the College of Education decided to make it an annual event. In its past 18 years, close to 2,000 educators have been honored.

Mrs. Case attended Transylvania University while majoring in elementary education and graduated in May 2002. She began teaching at the newly opened Robert B. Turner Elementary School in the fall of 2002. She holds a Master’s degree in elementary education and educational leadership from Eastern Kentucky University. Recently, Mrs. Case earned a library media specialist certificate from Eastern Kentucky University.

When asked why she chose to become a school teacher, Mrs. Case responded, “I can’t remember a time that I didn’t want to teach. From a young age I always knew it was my calling. I was blessed with so many wonderful teachers that always believed in me and encouraged me that I knew I wanted to bless kids in the same way.”

And after may years of teaching, Mrs. Case added, “Fifteen years later I still enjoy my job every day; every day is an adventure!”

Mrs. Case shared exciting news about what next school year will hold for her and students, “I’ve been hired as the new library media specialist at Turner Elementary. I’ll be a library teacher to EVERY student at RBT!”

Mrs. Case was nominated for the Teacher Who Made a Difference award by Donna Crain Drury for her outstanding work in helping students overcome challenges and obstacles to learning.

Written by Amanda White Nelson

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