Boyle names its teachers of the year

March 19, 2004

Three teachers nominated by peers, students and parents have been named Teacher of the Year for Boyle County Schools.

Cris McMann, Barbara Eisenbeis and Amy Farr, representing elementary, middle and high school teachers, respectively, will participate in state Teacher of the Year competition in the fall.

"The local Teacher of the Year recognition provides a way to honor all teachers through a close look at three educators who represent the work taking place in classrooms," said Superintendent Pam Rogers.

"I hope everyone will join me in congratulating Cris, Barbara and Amy for having won this opportunity to speak for all classroom teachers about the challenges and rewards of teaching."


McMann has been a primary teacher at Woodlawn Elementary since 2001.

He has been a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of English, International Reading Association and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

He is a former Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, member of the Christian Formation Team for The Presbyterian Church of Danville, a coach in the Bluegrass Youth Soccer Association, member of Habitat of Humanity, Woodlawn Elementary School council and a recipient of the Ashland Golden Apple Award.

McMann completed undergraduate study in 1992 at the University of Colorado with a major in philosophy and earned his master's in curriculum and instruction in 1994 from New Mexico State University.

He is the husband of Valery Messer McMann and the father of two children, Evan and Alex.

Eisenbeis has served as a sixth-grade special education teacher at Boyle County Middle School since 2000.

She began her employment with Boyle County Schools in 1989 as an instructional assistant.

She belongs to the Council of Exceptional Children and the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders.

Since 1980 she has served as a volunteer for Forkland Community Center, and since 2001, as a volunteer with Heart of Kentucky United Way and member of the Boyle County Middle School council.

She graduated from the University of Louisville in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts and expects to complete her master's in special education at Eastern Kentucky University this year.

She is the wife of Edward Eisenbeis and the mother of two, Galen and Elizabeth.

Farr, a bology, honors biology and environmental science teacher at Boyle County High School since 2001, has served as adjunct professor at Campbellsville University since 2000.

She is a lifetime member of the Astronaut Scholars Honor Society and since 1990 has been a member of Sigma Xi.

She has served as a youth leader at The Presbyterian Church of Danville, a Repair Affair volunteer and research advisor to the Kentucky Junior Academy of Science.

Farr earned a bachelor's degree in 1990 and a master's in zoology in 1992 from Miami University. She is working toward a master's in education at EKU.

She is the wife of Darrin Farr and the mother of one child, Matthew.

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