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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.


Anne Padilla

Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2013

Estelle BayerPadilla taught at Port Richmond High School in Staten Island, N.Y., from 1962 to 1965, North Chicago (Ill.) Community High School from 1966 to 1967, Villa Grove (Ill.) High School from 1968 to 1969, Jefferson Junior High School in Champaign, Ill., from 1969 to 1970, Western Kentucky University from 1976 to 1985 and Bowling Green High School since 1985.A native of New York, Anne Hardie Padilla has taught English and Composition for 50 years, including the past 27 years at Bowling Green High School.

She received her bachelor’s degree in 1962 from Hunter College in New York City, master’s degree in 1966 from University of Illinois and completed her Ed.S. in Secondary Education at WKU in 1987, with a concentration in Applied Linguistics/ESL.

Her awards include Bowling Green Teacher of the Year in 1976, nominee for DisneyHand Teacher Award (Creativity in Teaching) in 2004 and University of Chicago Outstanding Teacher Award in 1995. In 1992, Padilla was part of the original group trained in implementation of Kentucky Educational Reform Act. She has served as a consultant for Advance Kentucky’s AP English Literature and Composition program and has participated in the WKU Writing Project.

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