Sara Heather Peyton, a history teacher at Rowan County High School and a 2024 Kentucky Teacher Achievement Award winner, has spent 13 years in the classroom. She started her career at Leestown Middle (Fayette County) in 1998, but after three years teaching, she spent the next decade at home with her family.
Aretha Whaley didn’t begin her professional career as an educator. When she graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in English, she took a position as an assistant manager at a bookstore to be surrounded by her love of literature.
Lee always dreamed of following in the footsteps of her mom, who retired after the 2021-2022 school year and is now a response to intervention teacher at Lewisburg Elementary School (Logan County). Today, Lee is living out her dream as a teacher at LaRue County Middle School (LCMS).
For the past 20 years, Brandi Violette has dedicated her career to teaching special education students at Olmsted Elementary School (Logan County).
Teaching wasn’t Doug Henry's first career choice, but after entering the profession, he says it's been rewarding to help so many students find their passions.
“Be the person you needed when you were little.” That’s what being an educator is all about for Amber Dwyer.
Brittany Ritter has always known that she wanted to be a teacher. Her love for teaching was fostered from an early age by watching her father teach high school choir in Jefferson County.
Sally Zaring is an active member of the Shelby County area and has been making strides to improve the wellbeing of her community for more than two decades.
Katie Hale has three goals when it comes to teaching: promote grit and compassion for others, provide an engaging, rigorous learning experience and prepare students for the modern world.
Deanna Landrum has spent the past 11 years of her life dedicated to her students. In her current role as a library media specialist and Google support specialist at the Southgate Independent School District, she is demonstrating a passion for literacy and innovation.