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Atherton High's Scott Wade wins JCPS award for exemplary teaching

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Atherton High teacher Scott Wade with his students after he won the ExCEL Award on Dec. 3, 2014. Atherton High teacher Scott Wade with his students after he won the ExCEL Award on Dec. 3, 2014.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Atherton High School teacher Scott Wade was named the latest recipient of the Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership Award by Jefferson County Public Schools on Wednesday.

Wade teaches reading and writing skills to English language learners, including many refugees. District officials, along with the award's sponsors – LG&E and WHAS-TV – presented Wade with the award during a ceremony at the school. The award comes with a $1,000 instructional grant from LG&E.

“As an (English as a Second Language) teacher, many of his students have needs beyond the classroom that (Wade) is quick to support,” Atherton principal Thomas Aberli said in a prepared statement. “(He) frequently visits the homes of his students to help the parents understand the American education system and to get them the help they need for daily necessities.”

During the presentation, several of Wade's students spoke about the impact he has made on their lives.

“It was a really special day for them and a very special day for me,” Wade told WDRB News Wednesday afternoon. “The motto of our school is what you do makes a difference and we work so hard every day to get the job done.”

Prior to becoming a teacher, Wade worked as a journalist. He wrote for newspapers in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Kankakee, Illinois. He also spent 11 years at The Courier-Journal, where he covered a range of beats, including education.

Wade began working at Atherton in 2002.

“Being honored like this gives me a moment to reflect back on making the job change and being able to see that I have made a difference in lives of the many student refugees who have come here to find the American dream,” he said.

Wade earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and a certificate in Chinese language at Hangzhou University in China. He holds a master's degree from Indiana University Southeast.

Wade has also obtained National Board Certification, the nation's top teaching credential.

Aberli said Wade “helps his students with the language and communication barriers faced by ESL students, and he's often invited to speak to our staff about our most at-risk student population to help teachers understand how to best teach and support these students.”

The district's Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership (ExCEL) are awards that recognize exemplary teaching in JCPS. Five more teachers will be surprised with awards during the 2014-15 year.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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