Madison, Russell, Spencer teachers receive Earle C. Clements Award


Three Kentucky teachers are the winners of the 2019 Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Awards from the National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

Ashley McGaughey of Spencer County Middle School, Donnie Wilkerson of Jamestown Elementary School (Russell County) and Chris Workman of Waco Elementary School (Madison County) received the awards, which recognize the state’s best educators in history and/or civics. They were recognized at a ceremony Aug. 8 at UK.

Clements Award recipients are chosen based on their ability to demonstrate knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subjects of history and civics, commitment to increasing student awareness of the importance of public service, impact on student success and use of creativity and innovation while teaching.

The Clements Award honors the life and career of Earle C. Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service. Clements’ political career included service as a county sheriff, clerk and judge; terms in the state senate and as governor; and terms in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, where he was a close colleague to future President Lyndon B. Johnson.