Family Teachers receive profession’s highest award

Adam and Leah Hucks honored with the Lonnie and Elaine Phillips award

Thornwell Family Teachers Adam and Leah Hucks were selected from among thousands of eligible practitioners nationwide to receive the Lonnie and Elaine Phillips award, the highest award in the Teaching-Family Association.

“We are incredibly humbled by this award,” Leah said. “We love working alongside so many people who love children and work so hard to serve them.”

The award is named after the first Family Teachers from Achievement Place at the University of Kansas, the home of the Teaching-Family Model. The honor is bestowed to one couple or individual each year.

The Hucks have been serving at Thornwell since 2006.

“We love doing and living what we are passionate about,” Leah said. “We’ve worked with kids from all kinds of backgrounds and all kinds of stories and we’ve found that like all of us, they are broken. They need guidance, correction, love, encouragement, and attention.

“We are thankful that through our faith in God and walking with Jesus daily, we can be some help to them and meet some of their needs.  It truly is an honor for us to be called to this ministry.”

Adam and Leah Hucks were honored during the awards banquet at the annual Teaching-Family national conference in Nashville, TN on November 15. They are the third set of Family Teachers from Thornwell to receive the award, joining Ken and April Haywald, and Jim and Becky Brown.

“We are so thankful for all the staff, great teammates, our family, and our own children who support us in this,” Leah said. “We couldn’t do it without them.”

The teaching-family model (TFA) is a model of care for troubled youth used internationally in group homes, treatment foster care, schools, home-based treatment, and other youth and dependent adult care programs. It was developed through research at the University of Kansas.

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