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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.


Theresa Cowherd

Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2009

KYTHF Inductee

Cowherd has taught for 34 years in Bowling Green schools. She was a teacher at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary from 1972 to 1978 and at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary from 1980 to present.

She received her bachelor’s degree in 1972, master’s degree in 1974, and Rank I certification in 1976; all from WKU.

Cowherd’s awards and honors include being the first African-American named Teacher of the Year in the Bowling Green school district and receiving the district’s Beyond the Call Award for her contributions to the teaching profession. She also was named the 2008 recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Teachers of Distinction Award and has received teaching awards from Campbellsville University and Murray State University.

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