Teacher of the Year Competition
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#1 Sep 13, 2011
The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2012 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA).
These teachers will compete for the 2012 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced next month.
Of the 24 winning teachers, listed by school district, are:
Knott County - Amanda Ratliff, Knott County Central High
All 24 teachers will be honored at a ceremony in Frankfort on October 18 in the State Capitol Building. Representatives of the Kentucky Department of Education, the Governor's Office and Ashland's Chairman and CEO Jim O'Brien will be present to honor the teachers and to recognize the Kentucky Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers of the Year. From that group of three finalists, the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be named and will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
Ashland will present the 24 TAA recipients with cash awards and certificates at the awards ceremony in Frankfort. In addition to their cash awards, the three Kentucky Teachers of the Year also will receive custom-designed glassware commemorating their accomplishments, and all 24 educators will be honored at a special luncheon after the ceremony.
The Kentucky Teacher Awards program combines the best elements of the Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year programs. This marks the 11th year the Department of Education and Ashland have partnered to honored Kentucky educators.
Judging was conducted in August by a blue-ribbon panel of veteran educators, many of whom have more than 25 years of teaching experience. Applications included information on the nominees' teaching philosophies, teaching experiences and involvement in their respective communities, as well as letters of recommendation from peers, students, parents, administrators and others.
Ashland has recognized outstanding Kentucky teachers with its Teacher Achievement Awards since 1988. Approximately $631,500 has been awarded to more than 425 teachers of grades K to 12.
#2 Sep 17, 2011
Good teachers are at every school. It's hard to find exceptional teachers, though. I don't know Amanda Ratliff, but evidently she is exceptional. Congratulations to her!
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