A St. Patrick School teacher recently received the Thomas More Diocesan Excellence in Teaching award.
The excellence award is given as recognition of quality teaching in secondary education classrooms in the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Covington. School principals forward the name of the applicant each year.
Margaret Klee said she was both honored and embarrassed when she learned of the award.
"I was embarrassed," she said. "There are lots of wonderful teachers who deserved to win this award. So, I was a little embarrassed, but honored at the same time. I'm truly honored to have received it."
Klee said she was not present when the award was presented, which is given during the senior mass in Covington.
This year, the senior mass was on Sept. 11.
"We didn't have school that day," she said. "The principal, (Wesley) Cooper took the students to the mass. The award was presented then. I had no idea I had won."
According to Klee, she found out about winning the award via social media.
"I found out I had won because my uncle posted it on Facebook," she said. "I couldn't believe it."
Klee, a St. Patrick School and Morehead State University graduate, was a teacher at St. Patrick School for three years before leaving to teach at Augusta Independent School for one year and in the Fleming County School District for nine years.
"I was in the public school system for 10 years," she said.
She returned to St. Patrick School two years ago after she realized teaching was her vocation.
"I received my teaching degree from MSU. After that, I student taught in Fleming County and thought, 'well I don't want to teach,' so I volunteered with the Christian Appalachian project for about a year and decided I wanted to come back to teaching."
Klee returned to St. Patrick School to teach because of the atmosphere.
"My little boy goes here and the atmosphere is small," she said. "Everyone knows everyone else. It's close to home, so I can walk to work everyday, but the atmosphere is really what made me want to come back."