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Teach KY Fact Card
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Making a Difference
"I’m a middle school assistant principal before turning 30! I give credit to Teach Kentucky for helping make that happen. The program has supported my professional growth by providing grant monies and a network of friends and professionals to guide me; the community focus has allowed me to seek advice and make connections; and the classroom experiences have given me an appreciation for the challenges my students face and heightened my commitment to enhancing public education."

-Austin Allain, Washington & Lee
Exceptional Teachers Create Exceptional Students
"I had no idea that Teach Kentucky would lead me to my life's vocation! Now education is my passion, because in no other career could I truly live out my human ideals and political ideologies of democracy and social justice. I cannot imagine a job more challenging, rewarding, heart-breaking, creative, intellectually stimulating, or raw." 

-Sarah Yost, Colgate, eighth year

Teach Kentucky has forged strategic partnerships with the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development, Bellarmine University's College of Education, nine area school districts, and local alumni of the respective universities to fully engage our recruits in the educational, social, and cultural fabric of our community.

We target graduates and seniors from Centre College, Duke University, Dartmouth, Princeton, Emory University, Harvard University, Middlebury College, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of the South at Sewanee, the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Smith, Washington and Lee University, and Yale University. But, we also support recent graduates from non-member institutions-so you are welcome to apply.

The sponsors of Teach Kentucky have high expectations for the participants both in the quality of their contribution as teachers, and in their impact and contribution to the community as a whole. All Teach Kentucky participants are expected to be:

· Determined to be a role model for students to emulate

· Devoted to the education of all students

· Dedicated to developing their teaching skills

· Display their high content knowledge

· Ambassadors for the value of high quality education

· Ambassadors for the Teach Kentucky community

Click here to begin the application process

Teach Kentucky Math and Science Challenge

Teach Kentucky encourages the best and most motivated prospective teachers in the nation to teach in Kentucky. To help, we’ve created the Teach Kentucky Challenge.


The Challenge is a competitive process to earn scholarships and additional benefits for those who meet a very high standard.


•    Completion of the preliminary online application

•    Score in the top quartile nationally on your Praxis II content exam

•    Earn admission to a local certification/Master’s program.

•    Hired by one of our school districts

•    Maintain a B or higher GPA in your Masters courses


In addition to the benefits listed above, the TKY Challenge participants receive:

•    A $3,000 TKY reimbursement for tuition

•    Additional matching $5,000 grant from Jefferson  County School District

•    Reimbursement for Praxis II exam costs for those applying to Jefferson County


Like anything in life, the more prepared you are, the better. Because we know navigating the first year is challenging on many levels, we've created a six-week Summer Institute to help prepare and refine teaching techniques before that first day in the classroom, and we offer support through our Retired Teacher Advocate mentor program, Teach Kentucky content mentor, and University mentor, and school district mentor:

Created and led by two master teachers, and Teach Kentucky veteran teachers, the Summer Institute classes focus on:

Content specific lesson planning

Time management

Classroom management and procedure techniques

Organizational tips

First job issues

Practice teaching opportunities

Self-preservation awareness

ach teacher is assigned a content specific Retired Teacher Advocate, a master teacher who offers one-on-one guidance inside and outside the classroom, especially with lesson planning and classroom management.

Each teacher also receives a content specific veteran Teach Kentucky peer teacher (hopefully in the same school), who can offer lesson planning help, practical guidance and encouragement.

Frequently Asked Questions

teacher candidates

Can I apply to Teach Kentucky if I didn't graduate from one of the sponsoring institutions?

Yes! Although we receive support from alumni of our 15 sponsoring colleges and universities, Teach Kentucky accepts applications from anyone interested in teaching middle and high school. Unfortunately, we do not currently recruit for elementary schools.

Do I have to be an Education major to apply to the program?

No. We believe the high level of knowledge in a teacher's core content is what sets our teachers apart.

Who extends the hire offer, Teach Kentucky or the school district?

The individual school districts control the hiring of all teachers. Because of our successful track record with local school districts, applying through Teach Kentucky will distinguish your application from hundreds of others. When your application is submitted, it is automatically viewed by the hiring managers of the school districts for which you are applying.

Is your sole focus recruiting Math and Science teachers?

Although Math and Science teachers are most critically needed by the school districts at this time, we accept applications for every content area.


Teachopedia - A Gift for You!

Navigating through the first year of teaching can be fraught with trials and tribulations. Our veteran teachers have compiled a wealth of knowledge and practical ideas to help take some of the challenges out of that first year of teaching through Teachopedia. Lesson plans, classroom management techniques, and more, are just a click away.

Click here to find out more about Teachopedia and how it can help you.

Contact Us

Rowan Claypool - Program Director Tim Kendrick - Program & Recruitment Coordinator
502-599-5061 502-468-6550
If you feel you are ready to apply, you can start an application.

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