In order to encourage and acknowledge excellence in education in the surrounding area, the Harlan Daily Enterprise conducted our first annual ballot of readers as to who you consider to be the teachers of the year.
HARLAN HIGH SCHOOL
Betsy Burkhart has been named Teacher of the Year at Harlan High School. Burkhart is a graduate of Harlan High School, the University of Kentucky and Union College. This is her 16th year as band director at HHS.
HARLAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Barbra Ledford has been named Teacher of the Year at Harlan Middle School. Ledford, a National Board Certified Teacher, has taught a variety of subjects in her 27 years of teaching. She serves on the KET Friends Board of Directors and is a Kentucky Colonel.
HARLAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Lisa Nelson has been named Teacher of the Year at Harlan Elementary School. Nelson is a graduate of James A. Cawood High School, Eastern Kentucky University and Union College and has been teaching at Harlan Elementary School for 28 years.
Sue Frazier has been named Teacher of the Year at Sunshine Preschool. Frazier began working at Sunshine School as a volunteer in 1995 and was hired as a full time teacher the following year. She has worked at the school 21 years.
BLACK MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Faith Clem has been named Teacher of the Year at Black Mountain Elementary School. Clem is a graduate of Evarts High School, earned a BA from Cumberland College and an MA from Union College. She has taught at Black Mountain for 26 years.
CAWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Karin Floyd has been named Teacher of the Year at Cawood Elementary School. Floyd has taught primary classes, first- through third-grade, for 22 years at Cawood elementary. She has a passion for teaching and seeing children learn.
CUMBERLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Terri Jenkins has been named Teacher of the Year at Cumberland Elementary School. Jenkins received a bachelor’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University and a master’s degree from Union College. She has 16 years teaching experience in Harlan County.
EVARTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Carolyn Freeman has been named Teacher of the Year at Evarts Elementary School. Freeman is a fourth-grade math/science teacher at Evarts elementary. She has been teaching 17 years in the Harlan County School System.
GREEN HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Janet Howard has been named Teacher of the Year at Green Hills Elementary School. Howard has been teaching in Harlan County for 22 years. She loves teaching reading, spending time with family and traveling with her husband, Buddy.
JAMES A. CAWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Liza Vanover has been named Teacher of the Year at James A. Cawood Elementary School. Vanover teaches first-grade at JACES. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from EKU. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in special education.
ROSSPOINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Heather Lewis has been named Teacher of the Year at Rosspoint Elementary School. Lewis has been a teacher for 17 years. She enjoys working for the Harlan County Board of Education and helping the children learn. Teaching is the biggest part of her life.
WALLINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Laura Curry has been named Teacher of the Year for Wallins Elementary School. Curry is a wife, a mother and a first-grade teacher. She loves her family, school and every student that has passed through her classroom.
HARLAN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
Steve Daniel has been named Teacher of the Year at Harlan County High School. Daniel is lifelong resident of the Cawood. He received an associate degree from Southeast, and a bachelor’s, master’s and Rank 1 from Union College.
KCEOC HEAD START/PRESCHOOL
Kathy Black has been named Teacher of the Year at KCEOC Head Start/Preschool. Black has worked for KCEOC for 31 years and is lead teacher at Grays Knob. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a concentration in child development.
SKCTC HARLAN CAMPUS
Donna Cox has been named Teacher of the Year at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College, Harlan campus. Cox is an associate professor at SKCTC. She says the most rewarding part of teaching is advising incoming students and being the editor of Bloodroot, SKCTC’s Literary Journal.
SKCTC CUMBERLAND CAMPUS
Melissa Helton has been named Teacher of the Year at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College, Cumberland campus. Helton is assistant professor of English and director of the Honors Program. She is a publishing poet and lives with her family in Leslie County.