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Melanie Trowel named KEA’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

Melanie Trowel The Kentucky Education Association has selected Melanie Trowel of Leestown Middle School as its 2020 Teacher of the Year. Trowel, who has more than 20 years’ of service in Fayette County Public Schools, accepted the honor April 4 (2019) at the KEA Delegate Assembly in Louisville. “I am humbled to receive this award because I am surrounded by exceptional teachers who are also deserving of this recognition,” she said. 

Trowel is in her first year at Leestown. She previously taught 12 years at Crawford Middle School, two years at Tates Creek Middle, and six years at Carter G. Woodson Academy. “Fighting for quality education for all students involves teacher leaders to be active in decision-making processes that impact the quality of education our students will have access to,” she said, adding, “Culturally responsive classrooms remove barriers for the most marginalized students so that they will have opportunity and access to achieve at high levels.” 

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Trowel earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a master’s in Special Education at the University of Kentucky.