The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2020 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). These teachers qualify to compete for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in May.
Of the 24 winning teachers are Sue Ellen Ballard, Choral Music Teacher at Bourbon Middle School and Jill Hurt, Cullinary Teacher at Bourbon County High School. Jill Hurt has taught at Bourbon County High School for ten years. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and a Master’s of Science in Career Technical Leadership Education. She is currently working on her Rank 1 in Administration at Morehead State University. Jill is married to Jason Hurt and they have three children...Michael, Carolyn, and Sophia.
Mrs Ballard has taught music at Bourbon County Middle School for 7 years. She has a She earned an associate degree at Mississippi’s Meridian Community College, a bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree at Mississippi College and a doctoral degree at the University of Kentucky. Sheand her husband have one son Jake, a senior at Bourbon County High School . It was recently announced that Mrs Ballard has advanced to the nine semifinalists for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award as well.