Retired home ec, science teacher joins Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame

Nancy Hall Duncan
Nancy Hall Duncan

Nancy Hall Duncan, a retired home economics and science teacher, has been inducted into the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.

Hall, a native of Wheelwright, taught in the Butler County, Logan County, Woodford County and Russellville Independent schools during her 33-year career. She was chosen for induction last fall and was inducted in March in a ceremony at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.

The first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree, she began her teaching career in 1965 at Auburn High School (Logan County), where she taught home economics, earth science and physical science. She taught at Russellville Middle School (Russellville Independent) 1966-1972, at Morgantown Elementary (Butler County) from 1975 to 1988 and at Woodford County High School 1978-1998.

She served as the first federal foods coordinator in the Russellville Independent schools, the first female science teacher at Morgantown Elementary and chairman of the Southern Kentucky Regional Science Fair. At Woodford County High, she collaborated with the drama teacher to create a school dinner theater, wrote a federal grant to establish the first in-school nursery for student mothers and was the extended school services director.

Following her retirement, she served as a teacher educator for the University of Kentucky. She is a founding member of the Woodford County Retired Teachers Association and is founder and co-chairman of the Woodford County Public Schools Hall of Fame.

The Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame was created in 2000 through a gift by former Gov. Nunn, who hoped to recognize the vital role that classroom teachers in Kentucky play in the education of young people and the positive impact education has on the state’s economy. It is housed at Western Kentucky University.