LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two local teachers are among nine being considered for the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced Tuesday during a ceremony in Frankfort.

Joshua DeWar, a teacher at Engelhard Elementary School in Louisville, and Ashley Lamb-Sinclair, a teacher at North Oldham High School, were named semifinalists in the annual competition earlier this month. 

DeWar and Lamb-Sinclair are among 24 teachers who were named in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Teacher Achievement Awards on Sept. 9. 

Three from each grade level were named semifinalists as the competition was narrowed to elementary, middle and high school teachers of the year. The semifinalists include: 

  • Joshua DeWar, Engelhard Elementary, Jefferson County
  • Sarah Lockard, A.C. Glasscock Elementary, Marion County
  • Michele McCloughan, T. C. Cherry Elementary, Bowling Green Independent
  • Karen Mallonee, College View Middle, Daviess County
  • Rick Rafferty, Highlands Middle, Fort Thomas Independent
  • Carmen Thompson, Elkhorn Middle, Franklin County
  • Lee Campbell, Knox Central High, Knox County
  • Ashley Lamb-Sinclair, North Oldham High, Oldham County
  • Tracy Lambert, Lafayette High, Fayette County

All 24 educators named in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Teacher Achievement Awards will be honored Tuesday. One will be selected as the overall teacher of the year.

This individual then will represent Kentucky in the 2016 National Teacher of the Year competition.  

The 2015 Teacher of the Year is Sarah Reed, a third grade teacher from Field Elementary School in Louisville.

According to the KDE, over $700,000 has been awarded to 524 teachers of grades K to 12 as part of the awards since 1988.

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Reporter Antoinette Konz covers K-12 education for WDRB News. She can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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