Daviess County Public Schools announced recipients of the fifth annual Great Expectations Teacher of the Year, Customer Service and Office Professional Awards during the district’s Opening Day ceremony at the Sportscenter today! Congrats to these amazing winners.

The 2017 DCPS Great Expectations Elementary Teacher of the Year is Kelly Smith, a second-grade teacher at Tamarack Elementary School.

Kelly Smith’s tireless efforts in striving to help each of her students attain the highest levels of personal and academic success has earned her this amazing recognition! She is a fearless and tireless worker. She puts her all into each child.


The 2017 DCPS Great Expectations Middle School Teacher of the Year is Christina O’Bryan Howard, a math teacher at College View Middle School.

Christina O'Bryan Howard exhibits leadership, attention to detail, clear planning and rigorous assessment design which makes her an amazing math teacher! She uses her personal time to help with instruction for her students.


The 2017 DCPS Great Expectations High School Teacher of the Year is Steve Easley, a social studies teacher at Daviess County High School.

Steve Easley is recognized for his “unmatched empathy and dedication to his students. The way he presents information in more than one way ensures that everyone understands the information, even when it is difficult. He creates an atmosphere of community within his classroom."


DCPS Great Expectations Customer Service and Office Professional Honorees

The 2017 DCPS Great Expectations Customer Service Award was presented to Jessica Roark, a software specialist and member of the district’s Computer Operations department.

Jessica Roark arrives early, stays late and even while managing her own family, she also enrolled in college courses to learn the SQL database system in order to be the best she can be in her job. Daviess County Public Schools led the state in the area of online registration, and that is a direct tribute to Jessica Roark.What a well deserved award!



Holly Ebelhar, an instructional assistant at Heritage Park High School, was named 2017 DCPS Great Expectations Office Professional.

In her role as a support professional, Holly leads by example with a servant’s heart to take care of students, their families and the staff – whatever they need, whatever it takes. Every student who crosses her path is treated like the most important person in her life at that moment. The level of trust and connection that Holly establishes with students and families is amazing – because it is sincere.



All of these fine community leaders deserve this wonderful recognition and I know you'll agree!