By Jeff Noble / Staff writer
A Corbin Middle School teacher has joined some smart company, after being named as a semifinalist for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year award.
Kristal Doolin, a 7th Grade Language Arts teacher at CMS, is one of nine semifinalists for the honor. She’ll also be competing with two other instructors for Middle School Teacher of the Year.
The semifinalists were announced in Frankfort Thursday by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland, Inc., who have partnered on the awards for 12 years.
Doolin will find out if she’s a winner next Wednesday, October 17 at 10 a.m. during a ceremony in Frankfort, at the Rotunda of the Capitol Building.
The nine semifinalists are made up of three elementary school teachers, three high school teachers, and three middle school teachers from across Kentucky.
Along with Doolin, the other middle school semifinalists are Karen Stark of Westport Middle School in Jefferson County and Byron Witham of James T. Alton Middle School in Hardin County.
The elementary semifinalists come from Clay, Daviess and Jefferson counties, while the high school semifinalists are from Menifee, Jefferson and Daviess counties.
Doolin and the other eight were among 24 teachers named by Ashland, Inc. as Teacher Achievement Award winners for 2013. A blue-ribbon panel of veteran educators picked them in the first round of judging, based on their scores. The Elementary School, Middle School and High School Teacher of the Year will be selected from the results of classroom visits and personal interviews with the nine semifinalists, while a combination of these scores result in selecting the Kentucky Teacher of the Year.