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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.


Patricia J. Morris

Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2011


Morris, a native of Louisville, has taught history for 30 years. Since 1986, she has taught American history and Advanced Placement classes at Ballard High School.

She taught at Jeffersontown High from 1967 to 1971 and at Sacred Heart Model School from 1984 to 1986.

Morris is known for making history fascinating for students by using various creative projects. Among her awards and recognitions are the 2009 Organization of American Historians Tachau Teacher of the Year Award, the 2004 Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award for Kentucky and 1999 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year.

“She makes history come alive,” Dr. Evans said. “She gets students excited about history through engaging learning experiences and is recognized by her peers for her excellence in teaching.”

Morris received her bachelor’s degree (1967), master’s degree (1987) and Rank I (1996) from the University of Louisville.

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