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Honor the Teacher Who Made a Difference in Your Life

Photo of teacher and student at the Teachers Who Made a Difference Program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2018) — Teachers stimulate our minds, encourage and challenge us, support us, and inspire us to become who we want to be. To thank them, the University of Kentucky College of Education is hosting the 20th annual Teachers Who Made a Difference program. The program is now accepting submissions for 2018.

“This program allows us to express gratitude to inspirational mentors and dynamic teachers who facilitate a transformational and immersive learning experience,” UK President Eli Capilouto said. “These teachers are invaluable partners in our mission to prepare creative, compassionate and skilled graduates — the next generation of leaders, researchers, artists, scientists, scholars and teachers in Kentucky.”

The program gives people an opportunity to not only thank a teacher, but also a principal, professor, coach or other educator who has inspired and motivated them to succeed.

Teachers Who Made a Difference does not select winners from a pool of nominees. Rather, the College of Education created the program to provide individuals a means to express thanks to educators who have impacted their lives. Honorees can be from anywhere and do not have to be affiliated with UK; however, the number of honorees to be recognized is limited. Organizers ask that each nominator limit recognitions to one educator per year.

To honor an educator, complete the online form at The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018.  

The Teachers Who Made a Difference program includes a special recognition event and reception attended by both the teachers and their nominators. This year's event will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Woodford Reserve Room at Kroger Field. Those who cannot attend will receive their award by mail.

For more information, visit or contact the UK College of Education Office of Advancement by phone at 859-257-4014.