March 18, 2010 – Junior Achievement is pleased to recognize Kay Swain of Lexington’s School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) as “Teacher of the Year” and Wallis Brooks from Kentucky Bank in Paris, Ky., as the “Volunteer of the Year” for 2010. These two outstanding role models were recognized during Junior Achievement’s annual Adopt-A-School Breakfast at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort earlier this week. Businesses and individuals who support Junior Achievement were also honored for their financial and volunteer support.
Kay Swain was nominated by David Kidd of Fifth Third Bank. Kidd, a JA Volunteer her classroom, nominated her because “she is a tremendous supporter of JA. She strives to have JA in all of her classes. Kay keeps her students engaged in the program and teaches to the program before and after a class is taught. She employs the curriculum taught in JA to her tests and projects so that her students truly stay focused on the instructor and the material.” Swain has had 23 classes of JA in her classroom in the four years that she has had a JA volunteer. Marilynn Cunningham, principal of SCAPA, says that Kay is “a précised thinker who uses innovative approaches to assure the success of all of her Social Studies students. She combines her positive attitude with her highly-trained social studies skills and creates a small learning community for her students to learn about economics, business and entrepreneurship.”
Volunteer of the Year Wallis Brooks was nominated by Michelle Carroll, a teacher at Paris Elementary School. Carroll said that despite “a very demanding job with scheduling problems, Wallis has been not only flexible, but a positive role model for my students. My students can be challenging to teach, but Wallis was able to reach them on many levels. He is well known in the community and well respected by our parents. The students loved having him teach many skills that they will use as they grow into adults.” Wallis Brooks has been a JA Volunteer for 8 years and has taught 21 classes.