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2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Teacher Nine Semifinalists: Donnie Piercey, Samuel J. Northern, Donnie Wilkerson, Scott Wade, Christopher McCurry, Lori Knapp-Lindsay, Tia Wood, Laura Peavley, Jeannette M. Teater

Semifinalists named for 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Nine outstanding teachers from across the state – three elementary, three middle and four high school– are semifinalists for the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Valvoline Inc. announced on Sept. 1.
Erin Ball, right, assists Jayda Chenault with an assignment.

2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year to focus on teacher recruitment

Erin Ball, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School (Scott County), recently began a semester-long ambassadorship with the Kentucky Department of Education. During this time, one of her goals is focusing on teacher recruitment – specifically minority teachers.
Erin Ball, right, assists Jayda Chenault with an assignment.

2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year passes on her passion for reading

Erin Ball was named the 2020 Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year and the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Erin Elizabeth Ball, center, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School (Scott County), was named the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year at a May 20 ceremony in Frankfort.

Erin Ball Named 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Erin Elizabeth Ball, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School in Scott County, is the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Ball has four years of teaching experience in Scott County Schools.
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Nine semifinalists named for Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Nine outstanding educators from across the state – three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline™ announced April 26.
Jessica Dueñas helps Jadeynn White with a question during an English class at Oldham County Middle School. Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the year, co-teaches as part of a two-person team that is a model for the district. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 10, 2018

2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year a force for struggling students

Jessica Dueñas said her favorite teachers were the ones who understood where she was coming from, and she tries to be that kind of teacher.
Jessica Dueñas, of Oldham County Middle School, was named as the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in Frankfort May 15. Tiffany Marsh, left, of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County), was named the 2019 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year. NyRee Clayton-Taylor, right, of Phillis Wheatley Elementary (Jefferson County), was named the 2019 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 15, 2018

Jessica Dueñas named 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Jessica Dueñas, a 10-year teaching veteran who has taught special education classes for three years at Oldham County Middle School, is the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
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Nine semifinalists in running for Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Nine outstanding educators from across the state – three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award.
(From left) Belinda Raye Furman, the 2018 Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year from Sherman Elementary (Grant County); Kellie Clark, the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year from Randall K. Cooper High School (Boone County); Jennifer Meo-Sexton, the 2018 Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year from Bondurant Middle School (Franklin County) and Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt pose for a photo after the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ceremony in the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 16, 2017

Kellie Clark named 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Kellie Clark, a 16-year veteran teacher at Randall K. Cooper High School in Boone County, is the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
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Semifinalists named for 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Nine outstanding teachers from across the state – three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, the Kentucky Department of Education and ValvolineTM announced.