Educator Recognitions

Kentucky Exemplary Educators Program

Published: 4/15/2024 3:45 PM



The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) established the Kentucky Exemplary Educators Program (KEEP) in 2023 to celebrate distinguished teachers, teacher specialists and school leaders in the Commonwealth's public schools.

Individuals selected for this recognition are early- to mid-career professionals teaching in Kentucky public schools with at least 5 years of teaching experience. Their contributions to education are largely unheralded, yet worthy of the spotlight. Recipients also demonstrate each of the following:

  • Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective and innovative instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school;
  • Exemplary educational accomplishments and leadership beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession;
  • Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community; and
  • Strong, long-range potential for professional and policy leadership.

Qualified individuals selected for KEEP will receive a certificate of excellence from KDE and may be considered for other recognitions and opportunities, including invitations to sit on advisory councils and committees.

Recommendation Process

Recommendations for exemplary educators should be submitted via the online KEEP recommendation form by May 1, 2024​. Refer to the KEEP Information Sheet for required information and additional details about the recommendation process.


GlyptusAnn ​Jones
Office of the Commissioner
Division of Communications 
300 Sower Boulevard
(502) 564-2000 ext. 4616

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