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Barren County teacher selected for Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame 2021 Class

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 7:55 AM CDT
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BARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - A Barren County teacher will be a part of the 13th Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Class.

Sharon Coomer Mattingly was selected alongside the late Evelyn Douglas of Shepherdsville.

”It was really a big surprise, I had no idea. I know some of the former inductees. I would never dream of putting my name anywhere near theirs, because those are some amazing people in education. So I just couldn’t believe it,” said Mattingly.

The 2021 Hall of Fame members, chosen by a statewide selection committee, will be inducted Friday, November 19 on Western Kentucky University’s campus along with the 2020 inductees.

Mattingly is in her 27th year as a Spanish teacher at Barren County High School. She began her teaching career as a substitute in North Carolina and been teaching for a total of 37 years.

“I’ve been very, very blessed with amazing people who have surrounded me and made me better because you can’t be good if you don’t have people who are supporting you, and helping you and pushing you to be your best. And there are just so many other people that I know who paved the trail, and should be getting this award,” said Mattingly.

The Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame was created in 2000 through a gift by former Governor Nunn. WKU was selected as the home of the Teacher Hall of Fame because of its more than 100-year history in teacher education.

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