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Gateway ESL Teacher Honored with Kenton County Literacy Award

Published on Nov 14, 2018

The English-as a second language coordinator for Kenton County Adult Education at Gateway Community & Technical College won the Kenton County Public Library Foundation's 2018 Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award.

Jon Reynolds was recognized for outstanding service to literacy in Kenton County.

The award is named for the former director of the library, Mary Ann Mongan. She served in that role for more than 40 years.

Reynolds was surprised with the honor just before his Monday night class.

In addition to teaching English and literacy skills, he is also responsible for the organization that keeps the grant funded to be able to provide students with free access to classes. Reynolds also continues to seek and add services for his students. In addition to ESL classes, students may now take citizenship classes, English conversation and the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Additionally, he has given students advice on job hunting, continuing education and helps them navigate their new communities. Reynolds has impacted countless lives through his work.

“He is tireless in his efforts to continue to support those that may otherwise feel marginalized in their education and career opportunities,” said Terribeth Smith, who nominated Reynolds for the award. “Jon wears many hats and touches countless lives, often without receiving the recognition for his passion and dedication.” 

“Jon works so hard to make the lives of so many people rich and more rewarding,” said Kym Grillot, social studies teacher at Highlands High School and one of many people who nominated Jon for this award.  “I cannot think of a more perfect recipient of this award.”

To watch a video recognizing Jon’s accomplishments, click here.