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Calloway County Teacher Noraa Ransey is Chamber Educator of the Year


Calloway County teacher Noraa Ransey was named the inaugural Educator of the Year by the Murray-Calloway Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to Ransey at the Chamber’s annual banquet on October 15.

Ms. Ransey has been a teacher for seventeen years, all at North Elementary in Calloway County. She has earned a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree from Murray State University. She earned her National Board Certification in literacy in early and middle childhood and is currently serving on a committee for the National Board. She is a minority teacher mentor for the National Association for Multicultural Education. She is active with the National Education Association, Kentucky Education Association, and Calloway County Education Association. Ms. Ransey was named the 2020 KEA Teacher of the Year.

As reported in the Murray Ledger and Times, Amy Cloud was the master of ceremonies and is the current executive director of the Association of Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives. Cloud gave high-praise on behalf of the Chamber to the first grade teacher.

“Our award winner tonight shares her life and experience with her students,” Cloud said. “She herself is a survivor of childhood trauma, broke the cycle of addiction, and was the first to go to college in her family. Teaching is her gift, serving is her joy, and she spreads this joy wherever she goes. She champions them to do great things and be the best they can be. Our award winner has been recognized for her excellence in education and service on a local, state, and national level, and tonight we add one more award to her many achievements.”

“All of our educators deserve this award,” said Ransey. “Our community is full of educators that change lives in their classrooms every single day. We are blessed with two amazing districts. I am who I am today because an educator believed in me. Along my journey, I’ve had many struggles, trials, and blessings. The blessings are what I hold on to. Thank you to the Chamber, and thank you to everyone who continues to believe in, love, and show up for me and all of our kids.”

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