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Nomination Form: 2023 Kentucky Teacher of the Year
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Valvoline Inc. have opened nominations for the 2023 Kentucky Teacher Achievement Awards. Sponsored by KDE and Valvoline, the awards celebrate some of Kentucky’s most outstanding educators.

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 anyone from the community who has an interest in honoring an outstanding educator.

All nominated teachers must complete a formal application and submit it by Feb. 21, 2022. A blue ribbon panel of education professionals from around the state will judge all applications in March. Up to 24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners will be announced later in 2022. The top nine contenders from recipients will receive additional evaluations, which will culminate in the selection of the 2023 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

The Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be announced in Frankfort. At that time, up to 24 teachers will be honored with a cash prize and other awards. Teacher Achievement Award winners will receive a cash gift of $500 each; two of the three finalists will receive $3,000; and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will receive $10,000, along with the opportunity to represent Kentucky in the 2023 National Teacher of the Year competition.

Now in its 22nd year, the Kentucky Teacher Awards program is a collaboration between private industry and public education.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Melton at
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