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Three Metcalfe County teachers honored by CU

Dr. Benny Lile, Metcalfe County Schools Superintendent announced three teachers who received honors from CU in their EIT program - Lindsey Thomas, Metcalfe County Elementary School; Lea Ann Parnell, Metcalfe County Middle School; and Karan Linkous, Metcalfe County High School.

By Scarlett Birge, student news writer, and
Joan C. McKinney, director, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Campbellsville University's 34th annual Excellence in Teaching Award Program Ceremony was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, 217 teachers received the Excellence in Teaching Award from 76 districts and/or private schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Twenty-two of the teachers have Campbellsville College or University degrees and nine teachers are National Certified Teachers.

The 2020 CU Excellence in Teaching Award recipients include the following with their superintendent listed first, are:

Dr. Benny Lile, Metcalfe County Schools Superintendent; Lindsey Thomas, Metcalfe County Elementary School; Lea Ann Parnell, Metcalfe County Middle School; and Karan Linkous, Metcalfe County High School.

Thomas, of Edmonton, Ky. teaches 4th grade reading at Metcalfe County Elementary School where she had taught since 2015. She formerly taught at Edmonton Elementary School from 2012 until 2014.

From Lindsey Wilson College, she received her associate's degree and her bachelor of arts in 2012. She is a 2008 graduate of Monroe County High School.

She is the daughter of Lisa and Eddy Thomas of Tompkinsville, Ky.

Parnell, of Columbia, Ky., teaches 6th/8th grade science at Metcalfe County Middle School where she has taught since 2000. She also taught earth science as an adjunct instructor at Lindsey Wilson College from 2005 until 2010.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education from Western Kentucky University in 2000. She earned her Master of Science in Teachers Geoscience from Mississippi State University in 2005. She is a 1993 graduate of Adair County High School.

She is the daughter of Edna and Lonny Karnes of Columbia, Ky. She is married to Landon Parnell and they have two children, Sarah Brockman and Colton Parnell.

Linkous, of Edmonton, Ky., teaches 11th-12th grade mathematics at Metcalfe County High School where she has taught since 2016. She also taught there from 1989 to 1993. She formerly taught at Monroe County High School from 1993 until 1999 and at Western Kentucky University as an adjunct instructor from 1995 until 2012.

She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 1989. She earned her master of arts from Western Kentucky University in 1992. She is a 1985 graduate of Metcalfe County High School.

She is the daughter of Margaret and George Cowan, of Edmonton, Ky., and has two children, John and Laura Linkous.

The 2020 Excellence in Teaching Committee included: Dr. Lisa Allen, dean of the Campbellsville University School of Education; Elizabeth Franklin, secretary to the dean, School of Education; Lisa Kirtley, data specialist; Natasha Nall, graduate secretary for the School of Education; Dominic Sanfilippo, early childhood program secretary, and Alice Steele, clinic support specialist.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 11,900 students offering over 100 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs.

This story was posted on 2020-06-03 14:48:35
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