Kentucky Teacher of the Year

The Imperfect Classroom: Teach with Sparkle

Among the most significant qualities of a truly memorable teacher is their ability to build and maintain relationships with students and colleagues. Becky Watkins, a social studies teacher from Gallatin County High School, does that better than most.

By |2024-02-23T08:56:31-05:00February 22, 2024|

The Imperfect Classroom: Balancing Consistency and Compassion

Every successful team needs that one person who they can always count on; the person that, no matter how bumpy the road may get, they will see it through; the person who will keep calm through chaos. At Ballyshannon Middle School in Boone County, that person is Maegan Tepe.

By |2024-02-15T12:36:55-05:00February 15, 2024|

2024 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year Kumar Rashad gives students who have been in the criminal justice system a chance at success

Every day in Kumar Rashad’s classroom is a call for urgency. “Many of my students have died or got shot and killed,” said Rashad, a mathematics teacher at Breckinridge Metropolitan High School in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), an alternative school with students who have been in the criminal justice system.

By |2023-09-13T11:23:18-04:00September 13, 2023|

2024 Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year Kevin Dailey wants his students to feel supported, included

Kevin Dailey was never supposed to be a teacher. As a child, he had hopes of being an architect, taking an idea and forging it into something that would last forever. “As a child of divorce and of economic insecurity, not much was expected of me at school,” said Dailey, a  at Ballyshannon Middle School (Boone County). “I would finish school, then I would paint houses like my dad and his dad before him.”

By |2024-02-20T16:00:28-05:00September 13, 2023|

22 Kentucky Teacher Achievement Award winners named for 2024

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced the selection of 22 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2024 Kentucky Teacher Achievement Awards on July 5. These teachers qualify to compete for the 2024 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in September.

By |2023-07-05T15:53:09-04:00July 5, 2023|
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