Recognize an Exceptional Educator: Nominate for the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame 2024

Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond, inspiring students and making a profound impact in the classroom? If so, now is the perfect time to nominate them for the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame, Class of 2024! Established in 2000 through the generous support of former Governor Louie B. Nunn, this prestigious Hall of Fame celebrates educators from across the Commonwealth who have made significant contributions to the teaching profession and the students they serve.

Why Nominate?

Teachers play a pivotal role in shaping the future, often going unnoticed for their tireless dedication and passion. The Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame honors these unsung heroes, recognizing those who have made lasting differences in the lives of their students. Nominees can be living or deceased and must have spent a substantial part of their career in Kentucky, impacting children and youth in P-12 school settings.

How to Nominate.

Nominations for the 2024 class are open until August 15. To nominate an outstanding teacher, visit the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame website where you can find the nomination form and additional information on the submission process. This is your opportunity to spotlight a teacher whose hard work and dedication deserve statewide recognition.

Upcoming Ceremony.

The induction ceremony for the 2024 Hall of Fame class will take place towards the end of the year. Details regarding the ceremony, including date and location, will be announced on the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame website and the WKU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences social media platforms. This event is a momentous occasion, celebrating the outstanding contributions of Kentucky’s finest educators.

Last Year’s Inductees:

  • Jesse Brown, who retired from Glasgow Independent Schools after 30 years of teaching high school history, continues to contribute to education as a substitute teacher within the district.

  • The late Helen Russell dedicated 44 years to education in Barren County, serving as a social studies teacher, instructional specialist, and curriculum coordinator, leaving a lasting legacy of commitment and excellence.

Helen Russel was a beloved teacher to me. She had a remarkable ability of securing the respect of her students. She was a great academic teacher and sprinkled life lessons in our curriculum too.
She made me aware that problem solving is a much-needed life skill.  She was very forthcoming about recognizing potential and equally committed to holding you accountable.   Her influence has had a wonderful  lasting impact on my life.

-Bridget Kehrt-Groce

  •  Kimberlea Embry, a current teacher at Butler County High School, has inspired students for 32 years and continues to do so.
  • The late Donna Smith, who taught math at Allen County – Scottsville High School for 30 years, is remembered for her profound impact on her students and the community.

I worked with Donna Smith on many Fellowship of Christian Athletes events and programs for many years.  She visited CFR to share about how she saw God at work.  Her students loved her in the classroom and as a coach. It was obvious that she cared as much that her students would mature spiritually as academically.  I loved her commitment and was always in awe of her self-less service. She was a vibrant example of Jesus love.

-Bridget Kehrt-Groce

The Hall of Fame’s Legacy

Western Kentucky University (WKU) serves as the proud home of the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame, a fitting choice given its century-long history in teacher education and unwavering commitment to excellence in this field. WKU continues to foster and celebrate the professional development of educators who make a difference in the classroom and beyond.

Final Thoughts

Don’t miss the chance to honor a deserving teacher by nominating them for the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. This recognition not only celebrates their exceptional work but also highlights the importance of educators in our communities. Visit the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame website to submit your nomination and ensure that these remarkable teachers receive the acknowledgment they deserve. Let’s come together to celebrate those who dedicate their lives to educating and inspiring the next generation.

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Derek Gregory