Lucas Gravitt, a 2007 Georgetown College graduate who is now a third-year German teacher at Scott County High School, has been selected to receive the Teacher of Excellence Award sponsored by the German Embassy and the German Information Center USA. The award is given annually to recognize an up-and-coming German teacher for excellence in teaching, creativity, outstanding dedication and enthusiasm for the German language.

The honor will be awarded at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference and World Languages Exposition in San Diego, California. The award will not only enable Lucas to travel to ACTFL this year, it also provides a two week trip to the Goethe-Institut in Germany, which is a highly intensive language immersion experience for teachers.

In announcing this top honor, Frank Howard, Principal of SCHS, wrote, “Lucas Gravitt is the rare quality teacher that improves the school in every way.” Assistant Principal Joe Covington added, “He is a professional in every sense of the word . . . I cannot imagine a teacher more deserving of the award.” Media Specialist Lauren Feeback writes, “Teachers such as Lucas are incredibly rare; it is people like him that enter the classroom to truly change the world, and that he will.”

Mr. Gravitt currently serves two state level elected positions for the Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) and the Kentucky Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German.

He will begin work on his master’s degree in January 2010 in Teacher Leadership and Instructional Technology at Georgetown College.

Gravitt was an integral part of the Tiger Grrr Band during his undergraduate years at Georgetown and has served as an assistant summer camp director working with Dr. Pete LaRue. This year, he assumes daily operational details for the summer camp program.