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Social Media Campaign Offers Way to Thank Teachers

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Alex Nelson with his teacher Camisha Boyd at a Teachers Who Made a Difference ceremony. (file photo)

Although the 2020 Teachers Who Made a Difference ceremony has been cancelled to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you still have an opportunity to express how a teacher made an impression on you.

Record a short video holding up signs with kind words about a teacher or talk about a favorite teacher. Post it to social media and tag us @UKCollegeofEd and use the hashtag #ThankATeacherUKY.

We thank everyone who took the time to submit a nomination. We hope to be back with our best ceremony yet in 2021.

The UK College of Education’s Teachers Who Made a Difference program began 22 years ago and has recognized hundreds of teachers. Sponsored by private donations, the event was founded by Mary Ann Vimont, associate professor and director of alumni for the college.

“Nelson Mandela said education is the most powerful weapon in our world,” Vimont said. “The teachers honored give that gift to their students as well as believing in them, teaching them how to believe in themselves and do things they never thought they could do. These teachers are always there to support, teach, and care. It is such a wonderful way to say thank you to that teacher. Now, with what our world is facing, we realize even more the importance of that personal touch we often take for granted.”