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Gates Selected KY Elementary Teacher of the Year

Kelly Gates, a 5th grade teacher at Pride Elementary School, has been honored as the 20234 people stand behind ceremonial check Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year!

Gates, who is in her 26th year teaching, has made her home at Pride for her entire career. One way that she impacts her students is through Courtyard of Curiosity, an outdoor learning space at Pride. She has received numerous grants and has also taught her students to write grants themselves.

During the awards ceremony, a former student was quoted as saying the following: “What I do remember, even 10 years later, is the strong relationship I had that transcended reading and writing and math. I knew she cared about me and she made my thoughts, ideas, and interests feel important.”

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Superintendent Amy Smith and administrators stand with Kelly Gates in front of Team kentucky sign The three teacher winners with the governor, education commissioner, and Valvoline rep