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Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Metcalfe Educators

Dawn Harbison??????

The Edmonton Metcalfe County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Dawn Harbison, a guidance counselor at Metcalfe County High School, has been chosen as the 2020 Metcalfe County Educator of the Year.


Dawn attended North Metcalfe Elementary and is a 1987 Graduate of Metcalfe County High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky in 1991 with a major in physical education and a minor in health education. She received her master's degree and rank 1 in guidance K-12 from Western Kentucky University.


Dawn began teaching at Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville in 1992, taught physical education for one year upon returning home to Metcalfe County. During the 1993-1994 school year, she served as a substitute in Metcalfe and Green counties and part-time employee for Barren Metcalfe Fertilizer. In 1994, she began a 6-year career at Monroe County Middle School teaching health and physical education. In 2000, Dawn was hired by Metcalfe County High school to teach health and physical education, and in 2004 she transitioned into the guidance program at MCHS.


During this 27 year span, Dawn held many coaching positions from little league through high school including basketball, softball, track and field, cross country, cheerleading, swimming, and volleyball.

Dawn married Fred Harbison in September 1993, and they have two daughters: Kennedy Harbison WKU graduate and RN at T J Samson and Kaylee Harbison currently attending WKU. All four of her family are members of Edmonton Baptist Church.


Dawn will retire at the end of this school year.


*Photo credit to Susan Rea Photography


Howard Keel

The Edmonton Metcalfe County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Howard Bruce Keel has been selected as the 2020 Metcalfe County Educator Idol.

Howard Bruce Keel was born in Pineville, Ky. His school years were spent in the Pineville Independent School System. He then went on to attend Georgetown College on a football scholarship. He graduated in 1951 with a bachelor of arts degree.

Howard was drafted at the end of his college career. He joined the Navy for four years and after basic training was assigned to a destroyer based in Norfolk, Virginia. He sailed around the world and is a Korean War Veteran. Mr. Keel left the Navy in June of 1955 and went to UK on the G.I. Bill. There he received a master’s degree and his teaching certification.

Mr. Keel’s first teaching job was in Ashland, Ky. at the high school where he was also an assistant football and basketball coach. After three years, he moved to Berea, Ky. where he taught and coached eight-man football. In 1961 he came to Metcalfe County to teach and coach football. He went to WKU to obtain his Rank 1 and later became the principal of Metcalfe County High School. He also worked in the central office as a supervisor of instruction. Mr. Keel retired in 1989 after 32-years of being in the field of education and coaching, with 28 of those years in Metcalfe County.

On April 26, 1956, Mr. Keel married Peggy Roberts from Shelbyville, Ky. They have five children. David (Sue) of Glasgow, Cathy Jessie and Karen Harbison (Larry) of Edmonton, Debbie of Winston Salem North Carolina, and Janet Snedegar (Bill) of Ashland, Ky. Their family keeps growing with seven and two step-grandchildren and seven and four step-great-grandchildren.

In service to his community outside of school, he served on the Bowling Park Board from its beginning until around 2010. He attends Edmonton United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school for more than 30-years. He served nine years on a Mental Health Board composed of several surrounding counties. He also was a member of the navy MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio System) until the program was closed.

Mr. Keel has enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life: hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, painting, woodworking, wood carving, and being an amateur radio operator. He has been a lifelong learner. Howard often remarks, “I have had a good life, much better than I thought I would and Metcalfe County has been good to me.”

*Photo credit to Susan Rea Photography

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