A picture of Kelly Gates, Mandy Perez and Amber Sergent holding glass trophies.

Mandy Perez, center, a 6th-grade English and language arts teacher at Crittenden County Middle School, was named the 2023 Kentucky Teacher of the Year in an in-person ceremony on Sept. 20 at the Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda. Hopkins County’s Kelly Gates, left, was named the Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Woodford County’s Amber Sergent, right, was named as the High School Teacher of the Year.
Photo by Shelby Stills, Sept 20, 2022

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has issued a sponsorship opportunity for vendors to provide prizes, supplies, advertising and financial support for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year (KTOY) program and related awards ceremony.

KDE is seeking presenting, gold, silver and bronze-level sponsors for one of the Commonwealth’s premier recognitions for public school educators. Successful respondents will have their organization’s logos on branded materials, press releases and event merchandise, as well as other benefits based on the sponsorship level.

“The Kentucky Teacher of the Year awards program allows us to celebrate the most important profession there is – teaching,” said Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass. “The program aims to recognize and reward Kentucky’s outstanding educators, showcase the wealth of excellent teacher talent across the state and encourage growth, professionalism and support in the teaching profession.”

For more than three decades, Kentucky has recognized almost 700 of Kentucky’s best educators and awarded them almost $1 million in financial awards in the annual recognition ceremony.

Vendors can view the request for proposals by visiting the CGI Advantage Vendor Self Service Portal, click “Guest Access,” add 2300000249 to the keyword search and then click “Go.” 

Vendors will need to register to create a new account. Anyone can click “Guest Access” to review the solicitation, which will be posted for 30 days.

For more information, email Raven Miller.