Nominations open for Kentucky Teacher of the Year
Nominations for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by KDE and Valvoline Inc., may be submitted at kentuckytoy.com until Feb. 15. Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years of experience is eligible. Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, teaching peers, principals, superintendents or members of the public.
Jessica Dueñas, center, formerly of Oldham County Middle School and now with W.E.B. DuBois Academy (Jefferson County),
was named as the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Tiffany Marsh, left, of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County),
was named High School Teacher of the Year. NyRee Clayton-Taylor, right, of Phillis Wheatley Elementary (Jefferson County), was
named Elementary Teacher of the Year.
All nominated teachers must complete a formal application by March 8. Judging will take place in March by a panel of Kentucky educators. As many as 24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners will be announced in the spring.
Following site visits with nine semifinalists in April and interviews with the top three candidates, the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be announced. At that time, all 24 teachers will be honored with cash awards and other mementos. Teacher Achievement Award winners will receive a cash gift of $500; two of the three finalists will receive a cash gift of $3,000; and the Teacher of the Year will receive a cash prize of $10,000, along with an ambassadorship opportunity. The Kentucky Teacher of the Year will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.