Campbellsville Elementary School teacher Maranda Wright received the Change Award at the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, Dec. 11.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith honors three Change Award winners each month, including a certified and classified employee and a community member.
Wright, who has been a teacher at Campbellsville elementary and middle schools since July 2012, received the certified Change Award.
The awards are given based upon six elements, which spell the word Eagles. They include Encouraging and exhibiting Attitudes of Greatness, while Leading with high Expectations to Success.
A parent nominated Wright for the Change Award.
In reading a letter nominating Wright for the award, Smith read that the parent’s child, a fourth-grade student at CES, was chosen as a Leader of the Month and would attend a luncheon for the honor.
The parent wrote that she had to be out of town on the day of the luncheon, and couldn’t be home to help her daughter get ready for school.
“She was very worried about how she would get her hair fixed so that she could look her nicest for the luncheon,” Smith read.
“While her dad could put forth his best effort, it would not be the same.
“I am not one to ask people for favors, because I hate to inconvenience people. However, for the sake of your child, sometimes you will do things that are out of your norm.
“I texted her teacher, Maranda Wright, to ask her if she would fix her hair for the luncheon. I asked if she would just brush it and maybe put it in a ponytail just so that she looked presentable.
“While what a person's hair looks like may seem insignificant, to my daughter, at 9 years old, it was very significant, and, to me as her mom, having peace of mind that your child is taken care of when you cannot be there is very significant.”
The morning of the luncheon, the parent wrote, she received a text message from Wright with a picture of her daughter.
“ … And she had curled her hair! She looked beautiful. I was just amazed at the extra effort that she had gone to, to be of assistance to me and my child.
“As I mentioned, I do not like to ask favors. However, Mrs. Wright has always put us at ease that I felt comfortable enough to ask her and my daughter adores her.
“Whether they are in the classroom, at a football game or whatever the setting, Mrs. Wright has always extended her sincere love for my daughter. I feel confident that she shares that same love for all her students.
“I just wanted to share this example of a teacher going above and beyond. She truly emulated the ‘gold standard.’”
In another letter nominating Wright for the award, Smith read, “I have had the privilege to work beside Mrs. Wright for the past five year as her administrator, and I can proudly say that this is not the first time I have seen her go above and beyond for her students.
“The love and passion that she has for her kids is indescribable. Not only does she work to change the lives of students, but I have watched her grow in leadership and work to change the lives of adults as the lighthouse facilitator.
“Although she would never want the recognition, Mrs. Wright is a teacher truly deserving of the Change Award.”
Wright and her husband Jay have two children, Jackson, who is a first-grader at CES, and Hayden, 1.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith, at right, honors CES teacher Maranda Wright with the certified Change Award.