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Chamber Honors Local Teachers

Ed Johnson - 2017 Hart County Teacher of the Year

Angie Hensley - 2017 Caverna Teacher of the Year

The Hart County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized two local educators as “Teacher of the Year.”   The recipients are Ed Johnson, band teacher at Hart County High, Cub Run, Bonnieville & Munfordville Schools, and Angie Hensley, math teacher at Caverna Elementary School.  
During the presentation to Mr. Johnson, Chamber Ambassador Mary Mills Turner referenced his many contributions as a teacher. “His success can be seen in the trophies received and proudly displayed by his students, in the regional and state recognition bestowed on Hart County High, and the special invitations presented to him. His success can be seen in the discipline, dedication and determination of his students, and in their ability to take a concept and bring it to life.  His group’s performances have quietened noisy crowds, brought large groups of people to their feet in praise and admiration, and are always the highlight of local events.” Johnson has taught for 28 years, and is married to Carolyn Johnson, who also teaches band and music in Hart County. They have two children: Cynthia and Cameron. Johnson later commented, “I am very honored and excited to receive this award; I was just doing my job.”
Chamber Board Director and Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry presented the award to Ms. Hensley.  He stated how the words  “amazing” “exceptional” and “strong” were all used by individuals to describe Hensley’s work ethic, her devotion to the students at Caverna, and her dedication to the teaching profession.    Hensley has taught at Caverna for 24 years and in addition to math classes, has also taught first and third grades. In accepting her award, Hensley thanked the Chamber for this special recognition.  She remarked how much she enjoyed teaching and how supportive everyone at Caverna – staff, colleagues, parents, and of course, students - had been this year. Hensley is married to Sanford Hensley and they have four children: Noel, Ashley, Travis and Katrina.
Both teachers were also presented $100 in Hometown Dollars Gift Certificates.  The Chamber created its Teacher of the Year Award program in 2002.  Sponsors of this program, as well as Teacher Appreciation Week activities, include Caveland Environmental Authority, Kentucky Chrome Works, Citizens First, Farmers RECC, Fowler Durham CPA’s and Advisors, Hollander Sleep Products, Family Medical Center of Hart County, Marzetti, PBI Bank, Quality Personnel, Sister Schubert’s, Citizens Bank, South Central Rural Telephone Cooperative, Dart Container Corporation, The Medical Center @ Caverna and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.