Rowland named Kentucky Teacher of the Year

December 17, 2003|HERB BROCK

Today Danville became home to another state champion. But the recipient of this "Title Town" trophy does her winning performances not in a football stadium but a computer classroom.

Veteran elementary school educator Patti Rowland is the 2004 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, the state Department of Education announced today.

Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit was to congratulate Rowland in person this afternoon during a visit to Danville's Hogsett Elementary School, where Rowland is technology resource and curriculum teacher. Rowland was aware that the commissioner was coming to Hogsett today but she was not told in advance of the announcement he was to make about her award.

Rowland will be honored formally at a luncheon ceremony Jan. 8 at the state capitol. She will receive $10,000 in award money and a plaque.


Rowland was put in the running for the overall Teacher of the Year award by virtue of her being named 2004 Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year. She vied for the overall award with Brenda Owen of Morton Middle School in Lexington, 2004 Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year; and Jennifer Forgy of Paul Dunbar High School in Lexington, 2004 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year.

The announcement of Rowland, Owen and Forgy as the respective winners of the elementary, middle and high school teacher awards also was made today by the Department of Education. Each of them will receive a $2,000 check and a plaque.

All three women had been notified earlier that they had won their respective awards; in fact, Rowland was under the impression that Wilhoit was only going to announce the elementary award during his visit to Danville today, not knowing he also was going to reveal she had won the overall award.

The selection process for the elementary, middle school and high school teacher of the year winners and the overall teacher of the year begins with the selection of 22 Kentucky educators as recipients of the Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award. Rowland, Owen and Forgy were announced as three of the 22 recipients earlier this month. Each of them received a $500 check from Ashland. Ashland also provides the award money for all of the teacher of the year awards.

Rowland, who is in her 28th year of teaching, has served as Hogsett's technology and resource teacher for the last five years. She was the school's library media specialist for five years before that.

Her husband is Bob Rowland, superintendent of Danville schools.

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