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.
Jan Weaver Lanham
Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2008
Lanham has been principal at Cox’s Creek Elementary School in Nelson County since 2003, but in her 32-year career in education, she has taught in multiple grades in multiple settings, from inner city Columbus, Ohio, to affluent Owensboro and Bowling Green to rural Marion County.
“My journey has been a blessing, as I have had the opportunity to extend the legacy of the educators who inspired me,” Lanham wrote. “Each new direction has provided rejuvenation as I discover links to prior experiences while finding additional areas for personal growth and improvement that can enhance my work with students.”
Lanham lists as career highlights her time as a teacher at L.C. Curry Elementary School in Bowling Green, where she taught with her mother; being the teacher/coordinator of the Marion County Gifted Education Module; being a participant in the Kentucky Writing Project; using a grant to establish the Marion County Youth Chorus; being named Educator of the Year by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce; being named the fine arts teacher at Glasscock Elementary School in Marion County; and being named principal at Cox’s Creek.
Lanham holds a bachelor’s degree in music and elementary education, a master’s degree in education with gifted endorsement, and a Rank 1 in administration, all from WKU. She is currently in the joint doctoral program in educational leadership between WKU and the University of Louisville.