Two local Kanawha County residents (Dana & Earl Hardaker) and their respective businesses have partnered with Kanawha County Schools to honor one KCS teacher and one KCS student each month who have excelled in and out of the classroom. The January KCS Teacher Excellence Award was given to Ms. Stephanie Brennan at Hayes Middle School. Sarah Wandling won the Student Excellence Award.
To be selected, teachers and students must demonstrate excellence in: academic performance or teaching, leadership, community service, creativity and imagination, dedication, and communication. Teachers and students are nominated by teachers at and administrators at the designated school. Schools are selected at random, with one teacher and student from one Kanawha County school being recognized each month.