Don Maley and Dr. Kevin Gericke -WKCTC Teacher(s) of the Year
PADUCAH, KY (April 30, 2009) - For the second time in more than a dozen years, there was a tie in the selection of the 2009 Teacher of the Year at West Kentucky Community & Technical College, college officials announced Thursday.
The student body selected Don Maley and Dr. Kevin Gericke as teachers of the year from among 14 faculty members named. The selection was announced during a reception in the Clemens Fine Arts Theatre Lobby.
Maley a professor of communications, received his first teacher of the year award in 1978. He said receiving the award again 31 years later meant a great deal to him. "The students keep me young," Maley said after the presentation. "When I first started teaching and I did wild and crazy things in the classroom with students they would say, 'Oh Mr. Maley is so cool!' and now when I do wild and crazy things in the classroom they say, 'Oh poor Mr. Maley'."
Maley of Calvert City earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Murray State University. He was chair of the Humanities and Related Technologies Division from 1979-1985. A talented and respected performer, Maley has participated in a host of
plays and musicals at the Market House Theatre and with the college, most recently playing Albert Peterson in the WKCTC's production of "Bye Bye Birdie."
Gericke of West Paducah, associate professor of economics and statistics, began working at the college in August 1999. He has a bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University and a master's degree and doctorate from Virginia Tech. He
was a Teacher of the Year nominee in 2003 and has also been nominated as a KCTCS New Horizon Faculty Member.
"I love working with each and every one of the other qualified teachers here and I am thankful for my job and the students," Gericke said. "It's nice to be recognized; I feel very honored."
Other nominees were Heather Coltharp of Paducah, assistant professor of mathematics and developmental education; DavidFranklin of Paducah, instructor of health physics/mechatronics; Connie Heflin of Boaz, professor of nursing; Patricia Holler , associate professor in developmental reading; Karen Hlinka of Benton, professor of biology and dean of the science and mathematics division;
Stephanie Milliken, professor and dean of the technical and industrial division; Tiffinee Morgan of Benton, professor of office systems technology; Dr. Douglas Pruitt of Paducah, associate professor of psychology; Deborah Swain of Ledbetter, associate professor of surgical technology; Jason Taylor of Paducah, associate professor of mathematics; Nichole Toon of Fancy Farm, assistant professor of diagnostic medical sonography; and Patricia Wallace of Paducah, professor of nursing.