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Teacher on way to White House

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By Becca Owsley, Landmark News Service

  A local teacher has a chance to participate in a White House Social as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.

East Hardin Middle School technology education teacher Brooke Whitlow of Hodgenville will attend the social Wednesday with 19 other teachers from around the country. The event focuses on a conversation with Dr. Jill Biden, educator and wife of Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other administration officials. 

A tour of the White House and tea with Dr. Biden also is on the schedule.

The socials are meetings with people who usually engage with the White House through social media, according to a news release from Hardin County Schools.

“I’m constantly on education chats with educators from across the country through Twitter,” Whitlow said in the release. “Our students and parents are able to have a front row seat in my class via our Instragram and Twitter accounts.”

She said social media has given students an authentic audience to renew their commitment to learning.

“Becoming a connected educator has been a driving factor in my passion for this profession and most importantly, my students,” Whitlow said.

She was told by White House representatives her social media footprint was the basis for being chosen for the event, according to the release.

East Hardin principal Daniel Lockwood said Saturday he is proud of Whitlow’s accomplishment and is thankful she is a member of the East Hardin family.

“I think she is an incredibly innovative teacher that is using technology to create learning opportunities for her students,” Lockwood said. “She is a dedicated professional and has embraced new technologies that she is helping our students master.”