Georgetown, KY — Georgetown College Dean of Education Yoli Carter learned something over the last couple of years that GC Alumni Relations and Tiger Band Director Pete LaRue have known about Lucas Gravitt ’07 since his undergraduate days – this young teacher of German is special.
Gravitt, who’s won state and national accolades for his teaching at Scott County High School, capped his resume once again Sunday with Carter’s Dean’s Award at Graduate Education commencement.
“Knowing many of the Graduate Education Faculty and Administrators, I am honored that they selected me as the recipient of this award,” said Gravitt, who was singled out among 241 who were conferred with advance degrees. “I really look up to them.”
Gravitt added that he was “shocked,” but his exemplary work has been recognized before. In 2009, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) named him the winner of the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award. Then in 2010, he received the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year Award from the Kentucky World Language Association.
SCHS certainly knows what a gem they have in Gravitt. Here’s what Principal Frank Howatt wrote about him, which Dr. Carter shared with the Hill Chapel audience: “(our) school community is so fortunate to have him on the team. He is a master teacher, committed to excellent instruction in the classroom and exposing students to a global society through technology and travel. He greatly impacts our school through the expansion of our World Language program, bringing it to national recognition and through development as a technology instructional leader for our entire faculty. He is one of the most caring, dedicated, and innovative teachers I know. I am grateful to have him as a colleague and friend. I am extremely proud … and honored to call him one of ours!”
Dean Carter was quick to call Gravitt “one of ours” (at GC) as well, starting with his undergraduate years working for Alumni Relations and Development, and playing in the Tiger bands and assisting Dr. LaRue with GC Summer Camps. Now he is Managing Director of the College’s summer camps for LaRue.
On Sunday, Gravitt received his MA in Education with Endorsements in Teacher Leadership and Instructional Technology. But he already creates technology applications to further student learning, and maintains a technology-related blog to share information with technology educators around the world.
“Even with the additional certification area, I’ll continue teaching German,” said Gravitt, who has accepted the additional role as Project Graduation and Senior Awards Coordinator at Scott County High.
Phyllis Stump, an educator in North Carolina for more than 30 years and a former Teacher of the Year, gave the commencement address. A playwright, actor and author, she has received many accolades for her books, including – And God Said…, Millennium, Catch a Falling Star: The Stories That Test Scores Don’t Tell, and, Called: The Story of a Mountain Midwife. In 2009, Stump was named one of 20 “Women of Achievement” for the state of North Carolina.
Bryan Station High principal Mike Henderson, who received his MA in Secondary Education from Georgetown in ’94, inducted the Class of 2012 into GC’s Alumni Association – including two of his teachers in the Fayette County school.