FRANKFORT —  Georgetown Middle School teacher Erin Ball is among nine educators from across the state who are semifinalists for 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, announced the Kentucky Department of Education on Friday.

Ball was the 2018 Teacher of the Year from Georgetown Middle School and was named the 2018 Middle School Teacher of the Year in Scott County.  

The semifinalists — three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers — are among 24 educators who were named 2020 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners. The select group of teachers were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of veteran educators and judged on their teaching philosophies, teaching experiences, involvement in their respective communities and letters of recommendation.

Competing for state elementary teacher of the year are:

— Melanie Callahan, London Elementary (Laurel County)

— Lindsey Dotterweich, Gilmore Lane Elementary (Jefferson County)

— Meredith Larison, Longbranch Elementary (Boone County)

Middle school semifinalists are:

— Erin Ball, Georgetown Middle (Scott County)

— Sue Ellen Ballard, Bourbon County Middle

— Garris Stroud, South Hopkins Middle (Hopkins County)

High school top three teachers are:

— Jessica Holman, Boone County High

— Matt Kaufmann, Marion C. Moore School (Jefferson County)

— Taylor Sullivan, Larry A. Ryle High (Boone County)

The nine will undergo classroom visits and personal interviews before three individuals are named elementary, middle and high school teacher of the year. The educator with the highest scores overall will be named the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and will go on to represent the state in the 2020 National Teacher of the Year competition.

Winners will be announced May 20.

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