Campbellsville Elementary School Kindergarten Assistant Zach Durham received the Change Award at the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, Jan. 8.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith honors three Change Award winners each month, including a certified and classified employee and a community member.
Durham received the classified 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.
In reading a letter written by CES kindergarten teacher Leanna Cundiff, nominating Durham for the honor, Smith stated, “He has been a valuable addition to my classroom, not only as a special education assistant, but also as a role model for all of my students.”
Smith said Durham shows compassion to every student and goes above and beyond his duties.
“He comes to work every day with a positive attitude and willingness to help in whatever way possible,” Smith said. “He is changing lives at CES by loving students and empowering them to be their very best.”
In a letter written by CES Principal Elisha Rhodes, Smith stated, “Zach has been a blessing since day one. Not only does he have a calling for the field of education and a heart for changing lives, but he is an Eagle through and through and is always willing to go above and beyond for students, teachers and CES.
“From morning cafeteria duty to changing pull ups to building strong relationships with kids to the point they whisper, ‘I wish you were my daddy,’ Mr. Zach takes pride in making a difference and CES is a better place because of it.
“I am so proud of the work he has done and look forward to his future as an educator.”
In accepting the award, Durham, who graduated from Campbellsville High School in 2014, said he can’t say enough about what it means to wear purple and gold again.
“I’m just glad to be back,” he said. “It’s always a great day to be an Eagle.”
Durham has a daughter, Chandler.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith, at right, honors CES Kindergarten Assistant Zach Durham with the classified Change Award.