The statewide selection committee has chosen Wanda Carol Clouse for the 2020 Class of the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.
Clouse was nominated by Dr. Jason Reeves, Dean of Educational Studies at Union. Reeves has worked alongside Clouse’s family, former colleagues, and students to create a portfolio and letters of support to demonstrate why she deserves the prestigious honor.
“It is recognition not only to what she has mean to public education at the local school level, but what she has meant to our education program here at Union for teachers coming into the profession. She has been a dedicated mentor, a big supporter of their growth and success. Carol is the one students often go to when they have questions about classroom management, best practices for instruction, and understanding P-12 student behaviors. She is that caring, guiding force for them,” says Reeves.
Clouse, a native of Barbourville, earned her bachelor’s (‘72) and master’s (‘76) degrees from Union College and her Rank I Supervisor of Instruction Certificate from Eastern Kentucky University (‘80).
Following graduation, Clouse began teaching at Boone Elementary. Clouse served as building representative for the Kentucky Education Association at Boone Elementary; she wrote, individually and/or with colleagues, several grants to secure funding for the first televisions/television carts, computers, and VCRs to be installed at Boone Elementary many years before the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) and the Rose Decision. She also started the annual Career Day event at Boone Elementary which is still being held each year at multiple schools within the district.
In 1992, Clouse closed out two decades at Boone Elementary to take a position as principal at Girdler Elementary School.
Clouse retired in 2000 but has remained active in the field of education. She has served as a program reviewer for the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB), as a trainer for the St. Cloud State University Co-Teaching model for student teaching placements, and acts as a trained accreditation examiner for the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). Clouse currently serves as an Associate Professor of Education at Union College in the Educational Studies Unit where she is an invaluable resource in preparing education students for their future career as classroom teachers.
“I just wanted to say how fortunate I am to work with people who think that I need to be recognized,” says Clouse.
The Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame was created in 2000 through a gift by former Gov. Nunn, who hoped to recognize the vital role that classroom teachers in Kentucky play in the education of young people and the positive impact education has on the state’s economy.
The 2020 induction ceremony will take place in the spring on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green; details will be announced later.