FRANKFORT, Kentucky — Nine semifinalists for the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award have been named.
The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. made the announcement Monday.
Elementary school semifinalists are Joshua DeWar of Engelhard Elementary in Jefferson County, Sarah Lockard of A.C. Glasscock Elementary in Marion County and Michele McCloughan of Bowling Green Independent's T.C. Cherry Elementary.
Middle school semifinalists are Karen Mallonee of College View Middle in Daviess County, Rick Rafferty of Fort Thomas Independent's Highlands Middle and Carmen Thompson of Elkhorn Middle in Franklin County.
High school semifinalists are Lee E. Campbell of Knox County Central, Ashley Lamb-Sinclair of North Oldham County and Tracy Lambert of Lexington Lafayette.
Winners of each category and the overall Teacher of the Year will be announced Oct. 20 in Frankfort.