Teachers may be nominated and recommended by their individual school districts, fellow educators, or former students. The nomination packets should address the nominee’s impact on students and young people in Kentucky. Page limitations are strictly adhered to by the selection committee.
Cynthia S. Wooden
Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2014
A native of Lubbock, Texas, Cynthia S. Wooden began her teaching career in 1979 in Amarillo, Texas, and continues to teach at Kenton County Schools.
Wooden Taught Elementary Education at St. Andrew's School in Amarillo from 1979 to 1980, Borger Independent Schools in Borger, Texas, from 1980 to 1981, Amarillo Independent Schools in Amarillo from 1981-1985, and Kenton County Schools from 1987 to present.
She earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Texas Tech University (1976-1978). Wooden received her Rank II in 1987 and Rank I in 2001 from Northern Kentucky University.
Her awards include the Golden Apple Award in 2006, Kentucky Colonel in 2012, National Board Certified Teacher – Middle Childhood Generalist, Academic coach at River Ridge Elementary School from 2001-2005, and presented "Make It So. Engaged!" at the KEA TALK Conference in 2013. According to Missy Hicks, "Cindy's content leadership experiences and love of learning establish her as an excellent teacher and significant contributor to her school and community, locally and abroad."