Rachel Genakos, Class of 2006
For three years in a row, a Lindsey Wilson education graduate
received the Professional Development Award from the Kentucky
Association of Teacher Educators. Rachel Genakos - who teaches
seventh grade language arts at Adair County Middle School -
received the 2006 award. The award is given annually to the
outstanding education graduate from colleges and universities in
Kentucky. Rachel followed 2005's recipient, LWC graduate Kris
Schuhmann, who teaches at Semple Elementary School in Louisville,
and 2004's recipient Sarah Collier Culver, who teaches at
Centerfield Elementary School in Crestwood. Overall, it's the
fourth time a Lindsey Wilson education graduate has earned the
award, a testament to our Education Division's strength.
Michael Ford, Class of
Michael Ford has advice for anyone contemplating a career in
education: Make sure you're passionate about doing it.
"If your heart's not in teaching, then don't do it just for a
job," said Ford, a 1997 Lindsey Wilson College graduate.
And Ford puts a lot of his heart into his job with the Russell
County (Ky.) Schools. As exceptional children program consultant
for the 3,000-student system, Ford works with the county's six
schools. Russell County has about 500 special education students,
and Ford helps the schools meet those students' needs.
"Attending that high school graduation each spring and seeing
students graduate is what it's all about for me," said Ford, a 1993
Russell County High School graduate.
Ford always knew he wanted to be a teacher, but he didn't
discover his passion for special education until after he earned a
master's degree in education.
"You develop a special relationship with parents in special
education," he said. "I don't know how to explain it, except it was
where I needed to be."
Ford highly recommends Lindsey Wilson's education program to
anyone contemplating a career in education.
Ford comes in contact regularly with recent LWC education
graduates, and he says many of them are well-prepared for the
"The program is not a walk in the park, but if you want to be a
teacher, it's the place to be," he said. "It's a demanding program,
but it makes you a better teacher and it prepares you to be in the
Cornelius Faulkner, Class of 1995
OCCUPATION: Assistant Superintendent of Caverna (Ky.)
Independent School System
"You can't find an education program that does a better
job preparing you for the classroom than the one at Lindsey