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Wards receive ‘chair’ honor

Farragut High School Education Foundation announced its first Chair of Excellence in honor of former teachers Kenneth and Estelle Ward in the field of science at its PTSO Open House at FHS, Thursday, Jan. 21.

“This is what I always said for 34 years at Farragut High School, ‘Are you ready to listen?’” Kenneth Ward said speaking on behalf of himself and Estelle, his wife.

Ward said, “It’s a reminder of some years past. I was pleased to see all the students and parents that were able to come to the open house. I don’t know how they got so many people to come out for that – I’m so thankful to the community.”

He said the evening brought back memories of what students and parents did for FHS years ago, making it a better place.

“It is a better place because of them,” Ward said. “I thank the students for the award; it was really because of them.”

Kenneth taught chemistry for 36 years, primarily at FHS. During the same time, his wife Estelle was an elementary school teacher in Knox County. They met while carpooling from Lenoir City to The University of Tennessee where their love for teaching and each other grew. The couples retired in 1990, and have continued their involvement with the community.

Ward has heard from former students now living in Cincinnati, Ohio; Mobile, Ala., and Brazil.

“I was proud of FHS when I was here. I hope I continue to hear good things from Farragut. Thank you for your generosity,” Ward said.

Ward’s comments followed FHS principal Michael Reynolds’ focus at the presentation, “Education is a partnership.”

Reynolds expressed the importance of school, parent, student, business and community involvement as vital for education.

“I asked myself, ‘How do we attain top quality teachers and reward their efforts?’” Reynolds said.

Farragut High School and Knox County Schools sat down and created a way for the community to step up and step forward, Reynolds said. “We developed the chair of excellence. And, tonight, a dream has come true.”

Horne Properties Inc., Pro2Serve Professional Project Services, and Bob and Flora Mainord have stepped forward to ensure that the chair continues to help for many years to come, Reynolds said.

Doug Horne president of Horne


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