Kelly Gates, a 5th grade teacher at Pride Elementary School, has been honored as the 2023 Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year!
Gates, who is in her 26th year teaching, has made her home at Pride for her entire career. One way that she impacts her students is through Courtyard of Curiosity, an outdoor learning space at Pride. She has received numerous grants and has also taught her students to write grants themselves.
During the awards ceremony, a former student was quoted as saying the following: “What I do remember, even 10 years later, is the strong relationship I had that transcended reading and writing and math. I knew she cared about me and she made my thoughts, ideas, and interests feel important.”