History Teacher of the Year

Each year, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) honors a history teacher with the National History Teacher Award. The Kentucky Historical Society assists GLI in this effort as coordinator for Kentucky’s History Teacher of the Year Award.

The winner of Kentucky’s History Teacher of the Year Award receives a $1,000 prize, an archive of classroom resources and recognition at KHS’s Annual History Awards. Any full-time educator of grades K-12 who teaches state or American history is eligible.

Recipients of state awards also are finalists for the national award, along with recipients from the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories.

Nominate yourself or another outstanding Kentucky teacher for the 2022 award through March 31, 2022.

For information about the Kentucky award, contact Claire Gwaltney, at 502-782-8059.

Past Kentucky History Teacher of the Year Award Recipients

2021: Justin Mitchell, Franklin-Simpson Middle School, Franklin
2020: Jami Allen, Eastern High School, Louisville
2019: Doug Logan, Cooper High School, Union
2018: April Marie Deener, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, Lexington
2017: Jennifer Faith, Eastside Middle School, Mt. Washington
2016: Emmanuel Stone, West Middle School, Shelbyville
2015: Geco Ross, McNabb Elementary School, Paducah
2014: Sharon Graves, Graves Clark Moores Middle School, Richmond
2013: Christina Cornelius, James E. Farmer Elementary School, Louisville
2012: Ron Adkission, South Oldham Middle School, Crestwood
2011: Donnie Wilkerson, Jamestown Elementary School, Jamestown
2010: Ashley Adkins, Paducah Tilghman High School, Paducah
2009: Martha Elizabeth Randolph, The School for Creative and Performing Arts at Bluegrass, Lexington
2008: Keely C.J. Green, North Oldham Middle School, Goshen
2007: Tammy Spratt, Sheperdsville Elementary School, Sheperdsville
2006: Tim S. Foster, DuPont Manual High School, Louisville
2005: Virginia Allen Gooch, Hanson Elementary School, Hanson
2004: Patricia J. Morris, Ballard High School, Louisville