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MARY K. ARMSTRONG
Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2015
A native of McLean County, Armstrong grew up wanting to become a teacher. She began her career in Benton in a two-room school in 1940 and taught grades five through eight at Church Grove Elementary School until 1941.
She spent more than 40 years as a teacher in Muhlenberg County before retiring in 1999. She remained active in the Muhlenberg County School District as a substitute teacher until 2011, when she was 91.
During her years as a teacher, she graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958, earned a master’s degree in Guidance in 1962, earned a Standard Elementary degree in 1964, and completed her Rank I in 1977.
Throughout her career, Armstrong was actively involved in the Kentucky Education Association (KEA), National Education Association (NEA) and the Kentucky Teachers Retirement Association.
As a classroom teacher, Armstrong was described as dedicated, involved and caring. A former student commented, “She challenged us to not take one day for granted. She had plans for us and took it seriously that in the short time she touched our lives she was going to make a difference.”
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