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Teachers are the first to tell a student when they've done a job well. Monday, it was the teachers getting a gold star for their work in the classroom.
13 teachers received Muskingum Exemplary Educator Awards at the Muskingum Valley Administrators meeting. It's the 11th year that teachers in Perry, Muskingum, Coshocton and Morgan Counties have been honored for their work in the classroom. Superintendent of the MVESC said it's a privilege to single out these educators.
"What we've realized over the years is that not everything that counts can be counted," said Dr. Richard Murray.
Jill Collins from Ridgewood Schools said that the award is an official recognition that teachers are doing wonderful things. After 39 years in the profession she said one thing keeps her coming back.
"Students keep me in the classroom. I'm passionate about it," said Collins. "All summer when I'm driving along I might hear a song and think, oh how can I use that in the classroom."
Collins is a former teacher of another of Monday's award recipients, Maysville's Linda Cope. Cope has been teaching for 33 years and currently teaches math.
"I know so many of the people that were here," said Cope. "It's just a great day for educators to be honored."
Awards were also handed out to administrators celebrating between five and thirty-five years of service.