Educators from the Corbin Independent, Jefferson County and Boone County public school districts are Kentucky's teachers of the year for 2012.
The winners were announced Tuesday in Frankfort by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc., which co-sponsor the awards.
Kimberly Shearer, an English teacher at Boone County High School, is the Kentucky Teacher of the Year for 2012.
Elizabeth Ann Fuller, a third-grade reading and writing teacher at Jefferson County's J.B. Atkinson Academy, is the state's 2012 Elementary School Teacher of the Year.
The 2012 Middle School Teacher of the Year is Jenni Lou Jackson, who teachers eighth grade at Corbin Middle School.
Gov. Steve Beshear joined Ashland chairman and CEO Jim O'Brien, education commissioner Terry Holliday and other senior state officials in announcing the presentations in the State Capitol Rotunda.
Shearer, who has been teaching for seven years, has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown College and master's degrees from Northern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University. She is Boone County High's writing coordinator, and has spoken at national conferences, been published in a professional journal and won or been a finalist for other wards.
Fuller, an eight-year veteran, has a bachelor's degree from Bellarmine University and a master's from Indiana University Southeast. She is a nationally board-certified teacher, has completed online courses through the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has presented at various conferences and is an instructional coach and mentor for students and student teachers.
Jackson, a teacher of seven years, holds a bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a master's degree and teaching certification from Union College. She is a candidate for national board certification. Jackson received a Most Caring Teacher Award from Corbin Independent Schools, and a local newspaper named her one of the Top 20 Citizens in the three-county area.
Rachel Losch, who teaches at Dixie Elementary School in Lexington, was a semifinalist for elementary school teacher of the year.
This is the 11th year that Ashland Inc. and the state education department have co-sponsored the Kentucky Teacher Achievement Awards.
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