"Upon the subject of education...I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we, as a people, can be engaged in."

- Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky native


Teach Kentucky is a selective teacher recruitment program seeking to attract motivated college graduates to teach in Kentucky’s public schools, enhancing the quality of education for our students and enriching our civic life by retaining these bright young minds in the region. Based in Louisville—a vibrant, forward-thinking city with a rich history—Teach Kentucky places the majority of its teachers within our metropolitan area.

For our students, the experience of being nurtured by a bright, energetic young teacher is exciting and inspiring. For our teachers, the experiences they collect are deeply rewarding, both in the classroom and in the Louisville community at large—the kinds of experiences that last a lifetime.


Most of our recruits have not yet earned teacher certification. We attract individuals with strong content knowledge who are interested in pursuing an alternative route to their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) certification while they teach full-time—and earn a full-time salary.

Many of our recruits come from top-tier colleges and universities like Notre Dame, Centre, Michigan, Middlebury, Vanderbilt and Yale, but any high-achieving graduate or senior from an accredited four-year institution is encouraged to apply. Content knowledge and a desire to teach are the primary attributes we look for.

If you want to earn valuable teaching experience, a full-time salary and your MAT degree, all while living in a vibrant and attractive city, apply to Teach Kentucky today.


Teach Kentucky’s mission is to attract highly-motivated young people to teach in our public schools.

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Percent from Outside Kentucky
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TKY at Olmsted Academy North
TKY at Olmsted Academy North March 29, 2019 Posted by: Isabel Lake Category: STEM Education, Teach Kentucky Community, Teacher Leadership, TKY Teacher Bios, No Comments As Teach Kentucky matures as a program, we are beginning to see more clearly how our recruitment, retention and networked teacher support can have a positive impact, especially when there [...]
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TKY teacher leads with green infrastructure in JCPS

Lauren Niemann (2010 Cohort) teaches a self-designed Environmental Science class at Fern Creek in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). Below she shares some of the exciting work she’s currently leading in JCPS, while raising young children with husband and fellow TKY alumn, Jacob Reed (2009).

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TKY teacher builds bridges to take her students far

Because she has been there before, Cassie understands the unique challenges of learning English, being part of an immigrant community, and having other learning challenges. From this understanding of her students, Cassie knows how critical it is to teach them to be resilient and take ownership of their learning.

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@mandy_mclaren @TeachKentucky Also @TeachKentucky Ts receive ongoing intensive training & support during the summer which continues throughout the next 2 years of the alt cert program! I'm a TKY teacher myself and I know I'm the teacher that I am today bc of the program!

@iheart6ela @mandy_mclaren @TeachKentucky I was also recruited by Teach Kentucky. Some of us had careers prior to teaching (I was a field biologist hoping to work for the parks service). I think it’s pretty neat that a biologist became a police officer! Much less of a stretch for a biologist to teach science 💁🏻‍♀️

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