2014 INSPIRE Award winner Lana Russell

Lexmark recently honored Lana Russell, a science teacher at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky, with INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award.

The program recognizes outstanding Central Kentucky area elementary, middle and high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers.

Lana Russell integrates technology in her science classroom daily through project-based lessons that require students to experiment, collaborate and solve problems. For example, this year her students designed Rube Goldberg experiments, constructing complicated machines to perform simple tasks. They then discussed the energy transfers needed to make the experiments work.


Lexmark representatives presented Russell with a $1,000 award in front of peers and students at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, to be used to promote STEM education in her classroom.

Inspire award

About INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award

Lexmark launched INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award in 2011 to highlight and salute exceptional middle and high school teachers who teach science, technology, engineering and/or math in designated Central Kentucky counties. In 2013 the program was expanded to include elementary school teachers.

In order to be eligible for the INSPIRE Award, a teacher must receive an online nomination as well as one reference letter from students, colleagues, parents, school administrators or community leaders. Eligible nominees must teach in one of the following Central Kentucky counties: Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott and Woodford.

Learn more about INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award.

Nominate a teacher for INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award.