Angela Alexander Townsend
Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2015
Angela Alexander Townsend, a native of Bowling Green, has run the pedagogical gamut in her teaching career of more than 38 years. She began teaching Senior English at Bowling Green High School in 1966. She taught at Lincoln Elementary School in Louisville and Princeton Junior High School in Cincinnati. Following her move back to Bowling Green, she taught at Bowling Green Junior High, Bowling Green Senior High, Warren Central High School, and lastly at Greenwood High School, where Townsend retired from in 2009 to care for her ailing mother.
Townsend also worked as an educational workshop consultant for the Warren County Schools, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC) and occasionally for the state at large. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, and a master’s, Rank I certification and a reading endorsement from Western Kentucky University. She also studied Montessori at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She actively served as sponsor of several school and youth-based organizations such as the National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll, Black History Club, Afro-American History Club, two organizations for gifted disadvantaged students from area high schools — SUTE (Students United to Excel) and SAY (Sponsor a Youth), the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), JAC (Junior American Citizens) and Bowling Green Youth Achievers. For many years, she was on The Governors Scholars Statewide Selection Committee, was Daily News Correspondent Advisor for local schools, and established and taught the first diversity course in the Warren County District.
A partial list of Townsend’s awards and career highlights include being named as Kentucky Distinguished Educator (1992), Kentucky Colonel via KERA (Kentucky Educational Reform Act), serving as Minority Affairs Rep to the KCTE Board/LA (Spring 1997), NAACP Youth Achiever Adult Award (1993), DAR/JAC Thatcher Pin Award, American Legion Youth Leadership Award, and her poetry about the defunct Jonesville Community, which is housed in the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus, is used in university honors courses.
Former colleagues stated: “Throughout her career, Ms. Townsend placed equal concern on the quality of each student’s education and his or her overall well-being”; and “She ensured that no student left her classroom without understanding they were valued.”