Bishop Kenny is proud to announce one of four award recipients for the 2022 Gladys Prior Award is Mrs. May Hotard. The Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence are among the largest monetary awards for teachers in the nation. Hotard has been a teacher for almost 40 years and has taught at Bishop Kenny for the last 21 years.
The Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence was established in 1998 by Gilchrist Berg, founder, and president of Water Street Capital, to honor teachers with lifelong careers in education. He has donated more than $2 million dollars to honor local Jacksonville teachers. The award is named after Berg’s fourth grade teacher at Ortega Elementary School, Gladys Prior.
Hotard has been a dedicated member of the BK faculty for 21 years as a teacher in the World Languages Department and Learning Resource Program (LRP). She currently teaches Spanish 1 and Spanish 2, including students in LRP, effectively guiding them through the two-year world language requirement in a nurturing and supportive classroom environment. Hotard has dedicated her career at Bishop Kenny, particularly to the Learning Resource Program, which serves students with specific learning disabilities, helping those students succeed in our college-preparatory learning environment.
Throughout her tenure as a Spanish teacher, she has taught students both in the Learning Resource Program and outside the program. She is held in high esteem by current students and graduates alike as a dedicated and caring teacher who not only leads her students to academic excellence but also cares about their overall well-being. She has developed creative ways to help students master the content and skills required by the curriculum and can often be found before and after school tutoring not only her students but also those belonging to other Spanish teachers. Hotard teaches Spanish, but her students learn much more than a foreign language. They learn how to treat people. In the words of a former student, "we never failed to translate the love and care that she has for all of her students, past and present… she takes a sincere interest in everyone – parents, students, teachers, siblings."
Hotard's compassion and kindness is felt by everyone on campus – administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents. She often surprises people with a little treat just to let them know she is thinking of them. She has organized meals for colleagues dealing with a personal or health crisis or reached out with a warm note of encouragement. Outside of the classroom, she has always been a "team player"; she has assisted many student organizations, including Kenny Angels, Cheerleading, Theatre, and Anchor Club. May Hotard defines what it means to be an educator. She is a dedicated, professional teacher, and a proud mother of two Bishop Kenny graduates.
Pictured (L-R): Wesley Mitchell, Max Sandhu, Graham Bright, Matthew Adams, Alexis Fallis, Mrs. May Hotard, Max Clark, Aidan Ryan, Maryana Joura, Gabriel Pao, Kevin Garcia