On March 31, Herbie Brock, Rockcastle County High School social studies teacher, was presented with the State Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 2019 Kentucky State Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year Award.
The purpose of the award is to recognize a notable, full-time teacher of history in public, private and parochial schools. Candidates must meet several criteria and submit a dossier to be reviewed by a committee of judges from across the state.
At the 2019 Kentucky State DAR Banquet, following introductions by State Historian Sally Whittington, Leslie Miller, the KDSAR State Regent, presented Brock with his award and a monetary gift. His application has been submitted to the National DAR organization for judging and, if he is selected as the national winner, he would be presented that award at the Continental Congress in June in Washington, D.C.
Brock, a former resident of Whitesburg, attended West Whitesburg Elementary, Whitesburg Middle School, and Whitesburg High School from where he was graduated in 2001. He then went on to attend Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Whitesburg before transferring to Berea College where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in secondary social studies education in 2008. In 2011, he earned a master of arts degree in special education from Campbellsville University.
In his acceptance speech, he thanked his mother, Bonnie Hatton of Pert Creek, and many teachers from the Letcher County School System including Tanis Pennington, Sandy Earl, and his greatest inspiration to become a teacher, former WHS and LCCHS teacher, Kim Sergent. Brock went on to say of Letcher County that the “investment in elementary, middle, high school, and higher education in that community played almost as great a role in my success today as the family and cultural values that I hold so dear.”
Brock teaches a variety of social studies classes at Rockcastle County High School, including Advanced Placement Government and Politics and Advanced Placement World History, World History, and Introduction to Special Education through EKU’s Dual Credit Program. He is also the coach of the RCHS Academic Team, commissioner of the Rockcastle County Elementary Academic League, and is the sponsor of the RCHS Drama Club and Educators Rising Club. More information about Brock and the award can be found at his website, MrBrock.net.