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Story last updated at 3:06 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Campbell earns BP recognition

Homer High language arts instructor named peninsula teacher of the year

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer


Sean Campbell: Kenai Peninsula BP Teacher of the Year

Homer High School teacher Sean Campbell was selected as the Kenai Peninsula BP Teacher of the Year at the 17th annual BP Teachers of Excellence Awards event held in Soldotna May 3. His award includes a $1,500 scholarship for continuing education and a bronze sculpture by Alaska artist Mary Regat.

Campbell teaches English literature and language arts. His support of interaction between his students and the community was noted when it was announced in April he was one of four peninsula teachers identified as BP teachers of excellence. Examples listed of that type of interaction were a read-a-thon held by Campbell's AP literature class that raised funds to support education of girls in India and his class outreach trips that provide students with opportunities to learn about career opportunities.

Homer High School principal Allan Gee said this recognition of Campbell "publicly acknowledges what the students at Homer High have known for years — he provides academic rigor and relevance in a positive environment that engages and inspires all students to take ownership of their learning."

Recognized as teachers of excellence were:

• Melissa Cloud of West Homer Elementary School;

• Patrick Nolden of Soldotna High School;

• Shellie Worsfold of West Homer Elementary School.

Each of the teachers will receive a $500 gift card and an award certificate. The teachers' schools also receive a matching $500.

Campbell is among more than 30 Alaska teachers honored as a BP Teacher of Excellence. The BP Teachers of Excellence program was expanded this year to include all Alaska school districts and attracted more than 1,400 nominations.