Adrienne Dye, a special education teacher at Mercer County Senior High School, has been selected as the Central Kentucky Education Cooperative (CKEC) State Teacher of the Year. Dye, who has been teaching for nearly 20 years, received the award after being nominated by Mercer County’s new Special Education Director Shanna Hale. Upon nomination, Dye’s candidacy was reviewed by a panel of judges who eventually determined that no other candidate better exemplified the characteristics of an exemplary teacher.
As a special education teacher, Dye balances many different responsibilities on a daily basis. She is responsible for overseeing a case load of students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), teaching multiple study skills classes, co-teaching math content classes, leading IEP meetings and writing, organizing, filing and reviewing enough paperwork to make a teacher’s head spin.
Perhaps Dye’s best quality when it comes to teaching, however, is her passion for students. Dye is regularly seen around the school talking to her students about family and life.