Holly Bloodworth

Published: 8/2/2022 3:57 AM

Supreme Court District 1

Holly Bloodworth of Murray, the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, spent more than 30 years in K-12 education and continues to serve Kentucky's schools through two roles at Murray State University (MSU).

Upon her retirement from the Murray Independent schools, Bloodworth returned to the classroom, guiding pre-service teachers as a full-time faculty member in MSU's College of Education and Human Services and co-directing the university's Kentucky Reading Project, which leads graduate-level courses in literacy for area teachers. A National Board-certified teacher, she also works to support teacher on their path to National Board certification.

Bloodworth taught at Murray Elementary School for 32 years, teaching all subjects in grades K-3 and serving as a literacy specialist. She also served as a literacy consultant for the West Kentucky Educational Cooperative and worked on teacher leadership projects and with National Board-certified teachers while on special assignment with the Kentucky Department of Education.

She is president of Playhouse in the Park, the Murray-Calloway County community theater, and is a member of the Murray-Calloway County Parks and Recreation Board.

Bloodworth holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in reading from Murray State University.

She is a graduate of South Fulton (Tenn.) High School.

Bloodworth's term will expire April 14, 2024. 

KBE SPOTLIGHT | For three decades, Holly Bloodworth has been educating Kentuckians

Holly Bloodworth with Students

Holly Bloodworth, center, a Kentucky Board of Education member who spent 32 years teaching at Murray Elementary School, serves as a guest reader in Trina Fuller’s 4th-grade class at Hickman Elementary School. When the opportunity to serve on the state board came up, Bloodworth saw it as another opportunity to pass along her perspective of someone who has dedicated her life to education, including earning recognition as a National Board Certified Teacher.
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Holly Bloodworth Picture

​Who is your favorite teacher and why?

“I loved my 5th-grade teacher at South Fulton Elementary School (in Tennessee) because she encouraged us to take ownership in our learning. I remember the classroom feeling very much like a family. It was the first time I remember creating bulletin boards and other decorations in our classroom. She really let us use our talents.”


What was your favorite subject in school and why?

“I really liked English and enjoyed the literature we read. For a girl growing up in a small rural town, it opened my mind to many new ideas. I also remember how my high school English teacher encouraged projects that connected us to what we were doing. I loved creating costumes and learning lines to perform Macbeth. It really brought the play to life.”



​Taylor Perry
Executive Administrative Secretary
Office of the Commissioner of Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 892-6174 Ext. 4851
Fax (502) 564-5680

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