Boone County High English teacher Kimberly Shearer, center, an ’01 Georgetown College summa cum laude graduate, was named 2012 Kentucky Teacher of the Year in Frankfort on Tuesday (Oct. 18). She is flanked by Elementary School Teacher of the Year Elizabeth Ann Fuller, left, a 3rd-grade reading and writing demonstration site teacher at J.B. Atkinson Academy in Jefferson County; and Middle School Teacher of the Year Jenni Lou Jackson, an 8th-grade language arts teacher at Corbin Middle School. (Photo by Amy Wallot, Kentucky Department of Education.)

Georgetown, KY – Kimberly Pangburn Shearer ‘01, an English teacher at Boone County High School, was named the 2012 Kentucky Teacher of the Year today and honored along with 23 other outstanding teachers in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

“Fantastic!” exulted Provost Rosemary Allen, who was Chair of Georgetown College’s English Department when Kimberly Pangburn was an English major. A President’s Ambassador and a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, Kimberly would graduate summa cum laude.

“Kimberly was fantastic from Day One…with sheer ability and great enthusiasm,” Dr. Allen easily recalled. “Back then she was one of those students you just pray goes into teaching.”

Allen added, “You can tell when you see her, (Kimberly) is in control, she knows what she’s doing and she enjoys it.”

Shearer is the fourth with Georgetown College connections to take this top award in the 11 years Ashland Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education have co-sponsored the Kentucky Teacher Achievement Awards.

The others in descending order:

2009 – Karen Gill, who completed the Rank I program at Georgetown in 1999; then a science teacher at Lexington’s Henry Clay High School.

2008 – Chandra Emerson Holloway, MA ’97, then a language arts teacher at Oldham County Middle School

2005 – Billie Travis, MA ’87, then a Math teacher at Georgetown Middle School

Ashland Inc., which has been giving the award since 1988, named Elizabethtown’s Mary Keith Hall ’79 the 1995 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

According to the KDE press release, Governor Steve Beshear; Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Joseph Meyer; Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday; and Ashland Chairman and CEO Jim O’Brien were on hand to make the presentation to Kimberly Shearer and the other winners this morning.

The release also said that Shearer, a seven-year teaching veteran at Boone County High, earned a master’s degree at Northern Kentucky University and a second master’s degree at Western Kentucky University.

She serves as her school’s writing coordinator and has supervised a pre-service teacher. Shearer has presented at an ACT Summit and a National Council of Teachers of English national conference. She has been published in the Community & Junior College Libraries Journal and is a recipient of the Pulling for Kids and People Who Make a Difference awards. Shearer also was a finalist for Hixson Teacher of the Year.