Nominations open for 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year


Graphic reading: 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Nominate a teacher. Deadline Feb. 20, 2021

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc.

Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years of experience is eligible. Nominations may be submitted via this Google Form.

Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, teaching peers, principals, superintendents or anyone from the community who has an interest in honoring an outstanding educator.

“The Kentucky Teacher Awards are an excellent opportunity to highlight the people who work every day to prepare our children for a bright and meaningful future,” said Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass. “We encourage everyone to think of teachers who are making a positive impact on young people’s lives and nominate them for this recognition.”

All nominated teachers must complete a formal application and submit it by Feb. 20. A blue-ribbon panel of education professionals from around the state will judge all applications in March. Up to 24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners will be announced in spring 2021. The top nine contenders from those 24 will receive additional evaluations, which will culminate in the selection of the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

The Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be announced in Frankfort. At that time, all 24 teachers will be honored with a cash prize and other awards. Teacher Achievement Award winners will receive a cash gift of $500 each; two of the three finalists will receive $3,000; and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will receive $10,000, along with the opportunity to represent Kentucky in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Now in its 21st year, the Kentucky Teacher Awards program is a collaboration between private industry and public education.



    • The 24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners will be named by June 30. The recognition ceremony will be held in the fall.

  1. I feel that Melissa Mullins from Dorton Elementary 1st grade teacher should be teacher of the year, she helped my child when no one else would, she had the patience and took the time out to work with him, he has had other teachers in the past that just pushed him on because they did not would to be fooled with him, but isn’t a teacher supposed to be there to take that extra time to help a child? She is my teacher of the year all the time even though Bentlee is now in 3rd grade she also took the same amount of time out with my niece Kayleigh too