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Unforgettable Kimberly Downs - 2015 Educator of the Year

2017-05-04 - Roberta D. Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener, (c) File photo.
A Great, Never-to-be-forgotten teacher, Kimberly McAllister Downs (1973-2017), seated above, had just been named the 2015 Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the year when this photo was taken in April 2015, barely over two year ago and the capition read: She was introduced by Pam Phipps, left, and Sarah Burton, center. At right are Chamber President Ellen Zornes and Chamber Executive Director Sue Stivers. In the introduction Sarah said, "There are good teachers and great teachers and this year's recipient is a great teacher -- one who cares about the whole child, not just test scores. She has exceeded expectations for 20 years. If a child needs a coat, shoes or a backpack, she gives it. If they need love, smiles and words of encouragement, she gives them. We are blessed to call her our partner, mentor and friend. With great love, respect and admiration we present this award to Ms. Kim Downs."

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