Three AIKCU alumni were honored yesterday as Kentucky’s 2012 Teachers of the Year during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. The awards are presented annually by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc.
The overall 2012 Kentucky Teacher of the Year is Kimberly Pangburn Shearer, an English teacher at Boone County High School. Shearer is a 2001 summa cum laude graduate of Georgetown College who also holds master’s degrees from Northern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University.
Elizabeth Ann Fuller is the 2012 Elementary School Teacher of the Year. She is a third-grade reading and writing teacher at Jefferson County’s J.B. Atkinson Academy and obtained her bachelor’s degree at Bellarmine University.
The 2012 Middle School Teacher of the Year is Jenni Lou Jackson, an eighth grade teacher at Corbin Middle School. Jackson holds a master’s and teaching certification from Union College.
These outstanding teachers join a number of previous AIKCU alumni who have been honored as Kentucky Teachers of the Year. Including these 2012 Teacher of the Year honorees, half of the TOY nominees profiled on the Ashland Inc. website hold degrees or certifications from AIKCU institutions.