Faulkner County Cotillion chapter presents ‘Best-Mannered’ awards

The National League of Junior Cotillions-Faulkner County Chapter recently announced the recipients of its “Best-Mannered Teacher” awards for 2018.

The recipients of the award are Carl Stuart Middle School teacher Ashleigh Castles, who was nominated by student Jordan Foshee; Carolyn Lewis Elementary School teacher Leah Kotch, nominated by Callee Geiger; and Greenbrier teachers Jordan Summers, nominated by Jackson Carter, and Mandy Talley, nominated by Brittany Carter.

Susan Humphries, director of the local Junior Cotillion, said, “The students in our program were excited about being part of the selection process. They wanted to honor teachers who exemplify the etiquette and manners being taught in our program.”

Callee Geiger presents her Best-Mannered Teacher award to Leah Kotch.

Those receiving the awards were nominated by Junior Cotillion students who wrote an essay about a teacher in their school. The criteria for selection included their positive characteristics, how the teacher shows courtesy and respect for students, and why the person is a good role model.

“I have a wonderful group of students who participate in the Cotillion program and I feel it is important to let the community know that these students recognize and appreciate those who make a positive contribution toward their growth,” said Humphries. “Our students are learning how to act and treat others with honor, dignity and respect. It is equally important that they learn to recognize the attributes in others that promote honor, dignity and respect.”

The National League of Junior Cotillions is an etiquette and social dance training program that involves thousands of students nationwide, teaching them topics involved in the areas of honor, dignity, respect, fairness, a caring attitude, accountability and citizenship. The local program began in 1993.

For information regarding the local chapter, which is conducting registration now for the 2018-19 season, contact Humphries at [email protected], or visit nljc.com/chapter/faulknercounty.