Know of a teacher that goes above and beyond in the classroom? Now is your chance to nominate that teacher for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher Awards.
The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. are accepting nominations for the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Any full-time public school teacher in Kentucky with at least three years of experience is eligible.
“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,” KDE officials stated in a press release announcing the opening of the nomination window.
Nominations may be submitted through Feb. 15 online at kentuckytoy.com.
Nominated teachers will be notified of their nomination.
Each nominee will then be required to complete a formal application.
Judging will take place in March by a blue ribbon panel of education professionals from across the state.
Up to 24 of the nominees will be awarded the Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award.
From that list, nine semifinalists will be chosen.
The top three candidates will undergo personal interviews.
The Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be announced in Frankfort in April.
Teacher Achievement Award winners will receive a cash gift of $500. The Teacher of the Year will receive a $10,000 cash prize, while the other two finalists will each receive a $3,000 cash gift.
“The Kentucky Teacher of the Year will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition,” KDE officials stated.