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.
Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2009
A fixture in Caldwell County school system for 58 years, Faughn has no plans to retire. He teaches biology at Caldwell County High School.
A native of Lamasco, he received his bachelor’s degree in 1949, master’s in 1958, and Rank I in 1961; all from Murray State University.
Faughn was named Teacher of the Year in 1996 by the Kentucky Department of Education and was among the first five individuals selected for the National Teacher Hall of Fame in 1998. He received the USA Today 2002 All-USA Teacher Team Award as well as numerous other local, state, and national awards during his teaching career.
Faughn said he was humbled by Tuesday’s recognition. “It reminded me how important teaching is,” he said.
“I felt very pleased. I felt humble. I feel that so many people are deserving,” Faughn said. “This is good for all teachers across the state.”
Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame
An Inductee's Response: Dale Faughn
We honor our past Governor Nunn;
We lift him up and praise his name-
The one who gave the genesis of
Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.
Reality the Hall became-
He gave a gift of quite some size;
His purpose plain right from the start:
For teachers there to recognize.
It reaches out to class of five
Who are the chosen inductees;
It honors though the bigger scene-
To far more teachers though than these.
Quite well he chose the home for this-
WESTERN-the light upon the hill;
A century plus it now has served-
Quite really well it's serving still.
It thrilled our souls when that day came-
How thorough it was-the master plan!
It ended in a charming way-
The same as when the day began.
We give our thanks to all involved-
For every job that you did do;
For everything you did for us,
It's now our turn to say THANK YOU.