LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Cochrane Elementary School's Deanna Ford was named the latest recipient of the Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership Award by Jefferson County Public Schools on Tuesday.

Ford is an instruction resource and interventions teacher at the school, located in Jeffersontown. District officials, along with the award's sponsors – LG&E and WHAS-TV – presented Adwell with the award during a ceremony at the school. The award comes with a $1,000 instructional grant from LG&E.

"Mrs. Ford is constantly developing innovative and creative ways to meet the needs of her students," said Sharita Bransford, the counselor at Cochrane. "She is our go-to person for teaching resources and techniques."

Bransford said Ford works within classrooms to provide extra help for students who need it in core subjects. She also works in collaboration with classroom teachers to provide resources and model effective teaching strategies.

"I have observed her collaborate with students, parents, and teachers to establish a positive atmosphere that creates high levels of learning for all students," Bransford said. "I see proof of her abilities through the adoration her students, parents, and colleagues have for her."

Cochrane Elementary principal Jason Hobbs said Ford is a valuable resource to everyone at the school. 

"Not only does she have high expectations for all of her students, she has a vast knowledge of instruction from kindergarten through fifth grade," Hobbs said. "As a first year principal, she has been so helpful and wonderful." 

Ford has been a teacher at Cochrane since 2012. Prior to that, she taught at Okolona Elementary School.

Ford earned a bachelor's degree at Centre College and a master's in teaching at Bellarmine University. She also has earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards -- the highest possible certification in the teaching profession.

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

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