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Kentucky Teacher Hall Of Fame

Nominate a Teacher

Inquiries and/or additional information also may be directed to Mrs. Tammy Spinks, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd., #11030, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030 or tammy.spinks@wku.edu (270-745-4664).


Each nominee must have a minimum of nineteen (19) years teaching experience, ten (10) of which should have been in a P-12 Kentucky school. Nominees may be living or deceased. All nominees must have a completed nomination packet submitted by the deadline: August 15.


Teachers may be nominated and recommended by their individual school districts, fellow educators, or former students. The nomination documents should address the nominee’s impact on students and young people in Kentucky. When submitting the corresponding documents below, it’s important to follow the document naming instructions included under each hyperlink. Page limitations are strictly adhered to by the selection committee. Each KTHOF submission should include:

  • A completed nomination form 
  • Supporting Documentation (PDF)
    A maximum of five (5) one-sided pages of supporting documentation outlining the nominee’s qualifications for inclusion in the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. This may include an essay, photographs, testimonials from students, honors and awards, professional activities, career highlights, newspaper clippings, etc. Please keep in mind that the information provided will generally be the only source of information given to the selection committee and should be thorough, yet concise. Please combine all supporting documents and rename the document to read LASTNAME_supportingdocumentation prior to final submission. An example of this would be: JOHNSON_supportingdocumentation.
  • Letters of Recommendation (PDF)
    A maximum of five (5) letters of recommendation describing the nominee’s qualifications (this is in addition to the five (5) one-sided pages of supporting documentation described above). Please combine all letters of recommendation and rename the document to read LASTNAME_lettersofrecommendation prior to final submission. An example of this would be: JOHNSON_ lettersofrecommendation.
  • Photograph (JPG)
    A black/white or color photograph of the nominee to be used for the program if the nominee is selected. Please scan your photo and save it as a file on your computer. Please rename your photo to read LASTNAME_PHOTO prior to submission. An example of this would be: JOHNSON_ photo.

Completed nomination forms and documents must be emailed to tammy.spinks@wku.edu


Selection criteria will be determined by a committee composed of higher education faculty members/administrators, P-12 teachers and administrators, representatives from various state agencies and professional organizations, and/or prior Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame inductees. Consideration shall be given to ensure a diverse representation on the selection committee, including gender, race, ethnicity, and geography.

The committee will select three (3) and a maximum of six (6) individuals to be inducted into the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. All members of the class must receive a majority vote of those present and voting on the selection committee. Additionally, the committee will select and rank two (2) alternates to be considered in the event that a recipient is unable to accept the honor.

An honoree will not be inducted into the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame unless he or she attends the induction ceremony (unless seriously ill or deceased) to be held in a location and on a date to be determined. Those not selected will remain in consideration for induction for three years, including their initial nomination year, after which they are not eligible to reapply.




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1906 College Heights Blvd. #11030,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030

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 Last Modified 5/26/22