FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Educators from all over Kentucky were at the Capitol Wednesday morning to honor several outstanding teachers from across the state.
State education leaders honored 24 teachers from across Kentucky for their excellence in teaching. Each of the 24 award winners received a $500 cash prize.
Three semi-finalists were then selected from each category that included elementary, middle and high school. A Teacher of the Year finalist was chosen from each of those categories, two of which received an additional $3,000 cash prize.
The remaining finalist, Holly Bloodworth, was named Kentucky Teacher of the Year and received a $10,000 cash prize. She's been a teacher for 26 years at Murray Elementary, but says the honor came as a shock.
"I still love going to work everyday. I love the students I teach and their families. I have that advantage of experience. So I have gained a lot of wisdom over the years. I'm not perfect but I think I do a better job now than I've ever done," says Holly Bloodworth, Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Officials say the nomination and application process was over the course of a six month period.
The Kentucky Teacher of the Year was also awarded the opportunity to take a sabbatical during the spring semester. Bloodworth will also represent the state in a national competition.