FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. have announced the 24 finalists for this year’s Teacher Achievement Awards, and Floyd County has two chances to bring home the top prize.
Two Floyd County teachers were among the 24 finalists. They include Betsy Layne High School’s Cortney H. Flannery and May Valley Elementary’s Amanda Lee.
“The board team and I want to congratulate Cortney and Amanda,” said Supt. Henry Webb. “We’re excited that once again, two of the 24 individuals who have been selected as Teacher Achievement Award winners are part of our Floyd County team.”
Flannery, a science teacher at BLHS, said the nomination was an honor.
“I’m honored to be chosen as a semifinalist for Kentucky Teacher of the Year,” Flannery said. “I want to share my passion for my job and help others understand why seeing my students succeed is so important to me. I am a first generation college graduate and that drives me to encourage and push my students to be successful. I know what it meant to me.”
Lee, however, is in familiar territory. This marks the second time the primary teacher has been named a finalist.
“I’m humbled to have been selected a second time,” Lee said. “I am thankful for the opportunities, the support and encouragement I’ve received at May Valley that have allowed me to grow and develop as an educator. This is truly an honor and I am proud to represent Floyd County.”
Flannery, Lee and the 22 other finalists will attend a ceremony Oct. 16, in Frankfort, where they will be honored before the Elementary, Middle and High school Teachers of the Year are named. From those three winners, one will be named Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
All 24 finalists will receive cash awards.