Position: English Teacher
School: Allen Central High School
School District: Floyd County Schools
City, State: Eastern, Kentucky
About the Nominee: Kayla McKinney was nominated by a colleague, Kathy Morrison. Mrs. McKinney is an over-comer, a problem-solver, an innovator and a dynamic member of the Allen Central High School faculty. Her enthusiasm, love and passion for teaching (and her students) are unrivaled. Mrs. McKinney does not work or serve for awards or accolades, but simply to inspire and impact all those she comes in contact with each day. She has mastered the elusive art of being firm, but fair and having rules, yet maintaining relationships. She keenly remembers that though she teaches numerous content/subject areas...she is really teaching “children” whom she freely offers love, acceptance and grace.
While remaining current with the latest instructional strategies and technologies, Mrs. McKinney can still reach a troubled or struggling student with simple, yet profound motherly instincts and empathy coupled with complete professionalism. Likewise, she can accelerate and challenge her brightest of students because of professional development experiences and innovations she has pursued and mastered.
Mrs. McKinney has a calling in her life, and that calling is teaching. She teaches her students to strive for excellence, to love reading and to respect each other!