UPDATE: Oct. 16 1:15 pm: Here are the winners announced by the Kentucky Department of Education: A 3rd-grade teacher at Murray Elementary School in the Murray Independent school district, Holly Bloodworth, is the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Melanie Trowel, a science teacher at Carter G. Woodson Academy in Fayette County, is the 2014 Middle School Teacher of the Year. Joanna Howerton Stevens, a mathematics teacher at Lincoln County High School in the Lincoln County school district, is the High School Teacher of the Year.
It's often said that teachers don't get enough recognition.
While many great teachers exist, this morning the Kentucky Department of Education will be recognizing a few and naming the 2014 Teachers of the Year.
Among those nominated for Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Jefferson County's own Angela Pleasant from James E. Farmer Elementary. We'd be remiss if we didn't also acknowledge Craig Grimm from North Oldham High in Oldham County.
Gov. Steve Beshear will be joined by Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, Education Workforce Secretary Tom Zawacki and Ashland Inc. Chairman and CEO Jim O’Brien in naming the winners who will receive cash prizes ranging from $500 for those Teacher Achievement Award Winners, $3,000 for two of the three Teacher of the Year finalists, and $10,000 for the winner.
Here are your nominees:
Competing for Elementary Teacher of the Year are:
- Holly Bloodworth, Murray Elementary, Murray Independent
- Angela Pleasant, James E. Farmer Elementary, Jefferson County
- LenaKay E. Wilson, Mayfield Elementary, Madison County
Middle school semifinalists are:
- Willow Hambrick, Royal Spring Middle, Scott County
- Michelle W. Lustenberg, Phillip A. Sharp Middle, Pendleton County
- Melanie Trowel, Carter G. Woodson Academy, Fayette County
In the high school category, the semifinalists are:
- Scot A. Gill, Tates Creek High, Fayette County
- Craig Grimm, North Oldham High, Oldham County
- Joanna H. Stevens, Lincoln County High, Lincoln County
- Catherine Vannatter, Bryan Station High, Fayette County
2014 Ashland Teacher Achievement Award Winners
Bracken County – Robin Rath-Fultz, Taylor Elementary
Carter County – Beverly McDavid, West Carter Middle
Elizabethtown Independent – Derisa Hindle, Talton K. Stone Middle
Fayette County – Cynthia L. Brown, Lexington Traditional Magnet
Fayette County – Scot A. Gill, Tates Creek High
Fayette County – Melanie Trowel, Carter G. Woodson Academy
Fayette County – Catherine Vannatter, Bryan Station High
Floyd County – Cortney H. Flannery, Betsy Layne High
Floyd County – Amanda Lee, May Valley Elementary
Hardin County – Kathy S. Thompson, Central Hardin High
Jefferson County – Rita Cron, Atherton High
Jefferson County – Angela Pleasant, James E. Farmer Elementary
Jessamine County – Shawn Carlstedt, Rosenwald Dunbar Elementary
Lincoln County – Joanna H. Stevens, Lincoln County High
Madison County – LenaKay E. Wilson, Mayfield Elementary
Menifee County – Lana Swartz, Menifee County High
Muhlenberg County – Kelly D. Melton, Muhlenberg North Middle
Murray Independent – Holly Bloodworth, Murray Elementary
Pendleton County – Michelle W. Lustenberg, Phillip A. Sharp Middle
Oldham County – Craig Grimm, North Oldham High
Oldham County – Gina Weber, Crestwood Elementary
Scott County – Willow Hambrick, Royal Spring Middle
Simpson County – Sharon S. Smith, Franklin Elementary
Taylor County – Jessica McCubbin, Taylor County Middle