South Ripley teachers selected as Community Teacher of the Year
South Ripley teachers, Jenna Smith and Karen Hafft were each honored
as Community Teacher of the Year by the Aurora and Madison Wal-Mart
stores. The surprise presentation took place at a school assembly
on May 8 on Honor Your Teacher Day. Managers from both the Madison
and Aurora Wal-Marts commented on the unlikelihood of teachers from
one school being selected to receive awards from two stores.
Jenna Smith, special education teacher, was nominated by her students
and selected as the Teacher of the Year by the Aurora Wal-Mart and
Karen Hafft, English teacher, received the same honor from students
who nominated her at the Madison Wal-Mart.
Ryan Curtis, Aurora store manager, and Greg Kynion, Madison Wal-Mart
store manager, each presented South Ripley High School a check for
$1000. Both Hafft and Smith were presented with a Polo shirt, a
planter, a $100 gift card and a special certificate stating that
they had been named Teacher of the Year.
Both teachers will now be eligible to go on to the next level where
they could become the Indiana Teacher of the Year.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Representatives from both the Aurora and Madison Wal-Marts
came to South Ripley High School to honor Karen Hafft
and Jenna Smith who had both been selected as Community
Teacher of the Year. Pictured from left are: Janet Youngblood,
Laura Jester and Manager Greg Kynion, all representatives
of the Madison Wal-Mart, Karen Hafft, Bill Snyder - South
Ripley principal, Rebecca Maerkl - Aurora Wal-Mart, Jenna
Smith, Aurora Manager Ryan Curtis and Melodie Tibbits,