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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.


Deidra H. Patton

Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2011

Deidra Patton

Patton, a native of Hazard who grew up in Hindman, has been a teacher for 28 years.

Since 1999, Patton has been gifted and talented coordinator at Boyd County schools and K-5 gifted education teacher at Cannonsburg Elementary.

“Ms. Patton is a life-long learner and is committed to helping each student have successful learning experiences by focusing on their individual talents,” Dr. Evans said. “Through innovative and resourceful ways, she keeps the focus on the students with whom she works and expects the best from each student.”

After serving as fourth-grade teacher at Carr Creek Elementary in 1982, Patton piloted a gifted and talented program for Knott County schools from 1983 to 1987. She taught third and fourth grade at Cannonsburg from 1988 to 1991 and was gifted education teacher for Boyd County schools from 1991 to 1999.

Patton received a bachelor’s degree (1982) from Alice Lloyd College, master’s degree (1984) and Rank I (1985) from Morehead State University, and National Board Certification in 2003.

Her awards include a 2008 Ashland Teacher Achievement Award and the Alice Lloyd College Elementary Education Award.

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