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September 27, 2013

Mayfield teacher is finalist for top state honor

One of 24 candidates for Kentucky Teacher of the Year

RICHMOND — LenaKay Wilson, a teacher at Mayfield Elementary, was named Wednesday as one of 24 Kentucky teachers chosen to win Ashland Inc. teacher achievement awards.

Wilson teaches reading recovery, a one-on-one tutoring intervention program for kindergarten through third-grade students. She said she does about four tutoring sessions a day, and much of the rest of her time is spent working with other mentor groups. She also meets with kindergarten teachers to collaborate with them and support their efforts, a job she described as being similar to coaching.

“I’m just very excited to be able to represent teachers everywhere and represent the work that goes on here at Mayfield,” Wilson said.

According to a news release from the Kentucky Department of Education, all 24 recipients of the awards will be honored Oct. 16 at the state capitol building in a ceremony involving Governor Steve Beshear, Education and Workforce Secretary Thomas Zawacki, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Ashland's Chairman and CEO Jim O’Brien.

The elementary, middle and high school teachers of the year for the state will be chosen at the ceremony from among the group.

All of the teachers honored will receive cash and certificate awards at the ceremony, and the three selected as the Kentucky teachers of the year will also receive custom-designed glasswear, the release said.

This is the 13th year Ashland Inc. has given out the awards. According to the release, since the awards were established in 1988, approximately $685,000 has been awarded to more than 450 teachers of grades K-12.

Seth Littrell can be reached at slittrell@richmondregister.com or 624-6623.

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