College of Education's 'Teachers Who Made a Difference' Program Now Accepting Submissions

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2015) — In its 17th year, the University of Kentucky College of Education's Teachers Who Made a Difference program is now accepting submissions for the 2015 program.

UK women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell is once again teaming up with the College of Education to offer this program that gives people an opportunity to thank a teacher, principal, professor, coach or other educator who has inspired and motivated them to succeed.

“Teaching is my job, teaching is my passion. And it is something that I love and hope to do the rest of my life,” said Mitchell, the 2015 Teachers Who Made a Difference spokesperson. “It is a tremendous thing to be a teacher.”

The program 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 or download the printable form to mail in. The deadline for submissions is March 16, 2015.

More than 1,800 teachers have been honored since the program’s inception. 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 held Saturday, April 18, at the UK Student Center's Great Hall. Nominees that are able to attend will enjoy a light continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and honored thereafter around 10 a.m. 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. 

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