2018 Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame

2018 Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame
Posted on 10/17/2018
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Superintendent Danny Adkins announces that Dr. Jeff Shannon and Cassandra Akers are going to be inducted into the University of Pikeville Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame on October 18 at 6:00 PM in the Booth Auditorium in the Record Memorial Building located on the UPIKE campus.


Adkins comments, “UPIKE is inducting eight individuals into the Hall of Fame and I’m happy to announce that two of those are on our Floyd County team! We appreciate UPIKE honoring some of the dedicated educators in our region and we are grateful to Cassandra and Jeff for their dedication to the students of Floyd County and to their craft. These two have been in the spotlight before as Jeff has coached the team from PHS that has won the Congressional App Challenge for three consecutive years and Cassandra hosted Bill and Melinda Gates when the Gates wanted to see an example of what a high school can and should be.”


Dr. Jeff Shannon currently teaches classes in Information Technology at Prestonsburg High School through the Floyd County Area Technology Center and teaches graduate classes for the University of Louisiana. Shannon also teaches adult continuing education courses to renew electrical contractor and HVAC licenses for the KY Dept. of Building and Housing and serves on the Kentucky State Personnel Board for Technical Education. He is in his eighteenth year as an educator.


Jeff and his wife Michelle live in Ulysses with their daughter Rileigh and their son Lincoln.


Shannon comments, “It’s truly an honor to be inducted into the University of Pikeville’s Distinguished Educator Hall of Fame.  I see this accomplishment as only being possible due to blessings from God, the support of my wife and kids and the wealth of career advice over the years from my principal Lenville Martin.”


Cassandra Akers has been in education over twenty-five years. She began her career teaching special education at McDowell High before moving to teach at Betsy Layne High where she went on to become assistant principal and then principal. This experience led to her role of Consultant for Floyd County Schools where she is assisting with special education, administration and planning development. Over the years, Cassandra coached basketball, softball, baseball and served as the school athletic director.


In commenting on being selected, Akers says, “I appreciate the honor of being recognized, but it’s not only my award. It belongs to my family for their support, my students who always pushed me to be my best for them and the wonderful teachers and support staff teams that have surrounded me over the years. I’ve been truly blessed”


Cassandra and her husband Ronnie live in Harold with their children Donnie, Kim, Justin and Alex.


Adkins concluded, “We appreciate the University of Pikeville showing appreciation for the outstanding teachers in Eastern Kentucky. Please join us in congratulating Jeff and Cassandra.”

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