Teachers may be nominated and recommended by their individual school districts, fellow educators, or former students. The nomination packets should address the nominee’s impact on students and young people in Kentucky. Page limitations are strictly adhered to by the selection committee.
Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2012
A native of Richmond, Estelle Park Bayer retired last summer after 35 years as a Latin teacher.
Bayer taught at Madison Central High School from 1978 to 2011 and at Brentwood Middle/High School in St. Louis from 1970 to 1972. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College in 1969, Rank II from Eastern Kentucky University in 1979 and Rank I from University of Kentucky in 1990.
Her awards include the Kentucky World Language Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Richmond Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Award, Ashland Oil Golden Apple Achiever Award and American Classical League Merita Award. Bayer is a member of numerous organizations including the state and national Junior Classical League and the Kentucky Classics Association.