Rowland and the 21 other achievement award recipients will be honored at a ceremony and luncheon on Jan. 8 in Frankfort at the state Capitol. Representatives of Department of Education, Governor's Office and Ashland will be on hand for the event. The person selected as the state's Teacher of the Year will be announced.
The 22 winners each will receive a framed certificate and a cash award of $500. The Teacher of the Year and two runners up will be given additional cash awards; the Teacher of the Year will receive $10,000 and each of the two runners up will receive $3,000.
The Kentucky Teacher of the Year Awards program became a joint venture of the Department of Education and Ashland three years ago. For several years Ashland had conducted its own awards program for teachers and students, giving winners cash prizes, while the department was operating its Teacher of the Year program, giving certificates to winners.
"Our Teacher of the Year program was a great way to recognize teachers but we were only giving them certificates and pats on the back," said Department of Education spokesperson Lisa Gross. "We were looking for a sponsor who could provide cash awards, and Ashland, which had a history of recognizing outstanding educators and students, agreed to sponsor our program."
In evaluating applicants for the achievement awards, judges consider each teacher's teaching philosophy, experiences, community involvement and recommendations from superiors, colleagues and students.
Rowland has served as Hogsett's technology resource teacher for the last five years. She was the school's library media specialist for the five years before her current assignment. This is her 28th year as a teacher.
Rowland, who spent her first two years of college at Centre College, received her bachelor's and master's degree in education from the University of Louisville and her Rank I teaching certification from Eastern Kentucky University.
Rowland is the wife of Danville Superintendent Bob Rowland. They have three sons, all Danville High School graduates: Aaron, a Centre graduate who is a first-year veterinary science student at Auburn University; Brian, a senior at Campbellsville University; and Curt, a sophomore at Asbury College.