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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.


Artie J. Hankins

Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2011

Artie Hankins

Hankins, a native of the Big Hill community, taught in Butler County schools for 44 years.

 Between 1933 and 1954, she taught at rural one-room schools at Limestone, Youngtown, Greenwood, Science Hill, Big Muddy and Hickory Stand. From 1954 to 1977, she taught third grade at Morgantown Elementary.

“Miss Artie” attended WKU between 1932 and 1958. She received a teaching certificate in 1933 and a bachelor’s degree in 1959.

In addition to her teaching career, Hankins and a longtime friend documented the happenings of the Dunbar community for the Butler County newspaper. She was active in professional organizations and was a member of the Butler County Retired Teachers Association.

“She served as a role model for many of her students and others in the community. She followed her dream and helped others to follow theirs,” said Dr. Sam Evans, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at WKU. “She wore many different hats as a teacher in a one-room school and was never too busy to help other individuals.”

Hankins died in March 2010.

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