114 North Main Street
Henderson, KY 42420

The Chamber of Commerce RECOGNIZES outstanding educators in the community that have made
an impact on student achievement. Recognition was divided in four (4) categories.

  • Veteran (Experienced) Educator
    An educator who has taught for more than five (5) years in Henderson County. (currently employed as an educator)
  • Rookie Educator
    An educator who has taught less than five (5) years in Henderson County.
  • Post-Secondary Educator
    An educator who teaches at the post secondary level in Henderson County
  • Education Supporter
    A person who may or may not work for the educational system that has provided direct educational support and encouragement to students to enhance student educational attainment in Henderson County.

The award winners will be recognized on a billboard this summer and at a school wide event in the Fall. The following persons are recognized for their outstanding contribution to education in Henderson County:

Pammi Hayden

Holy Name School
2020 Veteran Educator of the Year

Quotes from nomination letter and Principal: “Mrs. Hayden is a natural teacher and every child that she teaches is blessed to be in her class.” (From a student) “She is funny, kind and dedicated. I  really love her science class.” (From and parent). “Pammi Hayden sustains a constant pursuit for the academic, emotional, and future success for all student.” (From Principal Judy Jenkins) “At Holy Name School we are delighted to hear the news that our very own Pammi Hayden has been named Veteran Educator of the year by the Henderson Chamber of Commerce. Pammi, a 5th grade teacher and Holy Name alumnus, lives out the mission of Holy Name School daily. She provides her students with a faith-filled learning experience rooted in strong academic standards with a servant heart. She  demonstrates passion and enthusiasm in all that she does, working relentlessly to assist her students in the mastery of academic content. She coaches the academic team, serves on school committees,  collaborates with her teaching partners, supports her students, communicates with families, and readily steps up as a leader within our school community. Congratulations, Pammi, we are proud of you!”


Tony Rutledge

Henderson County High School
2020 Rookie Educator of the Year

Quotes from nomination letter and Principal: “Tony integrates meaningful and engaging project based and real world learning in the construction shop.” (From a student) “Mr Rutledge saw the best in me and my true self which has allowed me to more forward.” (From Principal Tommy Ransom) “HCHS is so proud of Mr. Rutledge and his accomplishments. His students and peers love and respect him. He is so deserving of this award. Thank you, Mr. Rutledge, for all you do for our students, school, and community!


Mark Walker

East Heights Elementary
2020 Support Educator of the Year

Quotes from nomination letter and Principal: “Students at East Heights seek out “Mr. Mark” to tell him what they have been doing. They know that he is genuinely proud of them.” “He allows students to help him with small projects that teach them responsibility and self worth.” (From Principal Erika Odom) “East Heights is very proud of Mr. Walker! He goes out of his way to make connections with students and to ensure they feel loved while at school. Mr. Walker also understands that a clean and beautiful school environment contributes significantly to student safety, health, happiness, and overall learning. He is making an impact at East Heights!”


Quote from Marganna Stanley – Superintendent of Henderson County Schools: “I am proud of Mr. Rutledge and Mr. Walker for their Chamber Educator of the Year awards. They are exemplary members of our school family and are both well deserving of this recognition.”


Sarah Crick

Henderson Community College
2020 Post Secondary Educator of the Year

Quotes from nomination letter: “Sarah strives to make a difference with each student she encounters. She never hesitates to offer support to those in need. Sarah connects with all students to ensure each one is inspired, educated and readied for the workforce.” (From HCC President Jason Warren) "We were thrilled to learn of Sarah's selection! During these challenging times, it is truly fitting to honor one of our outstanding faculty who prepares future Healthcare Heroes."


Thank you to our sponsors for the 2020 Educator of the Year awards:

  • Pittsburg Tank and Tower
  • Alexander, Thompson, Arnold CPA Firm
  • Independence Bank
  • Evansville Teachers Credit Union