Donnie Wilkerson, a fifth grade teacher at Jamestown Elementary, is one of three history, social studies or civics teachers from around Kentucky that have been selected to receive the prestigious 2019 Clements Award.
The National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center will present this year’s Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Awards for Civics and History Teachers on Thursday, August 8th, in the Great Hall of the Margaret I. King Library Building in Lexington.
The event is free and open to the public.
Wilkerson, and the two other award winners, were chosen based on their ability to demonstrate knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject, commitment to raising student awareness of the importance of public service, their impact on student success and their use of creativity and innovation while teaching.
The Clements Award honors Earle C. Clements for his lifelong commitment to education and public service. Clements’ political career included service as a county sheriff, clerk and judge; terms in the state senate and as governor; and terms in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, where he was a close colleague to future President Lyndon B. Johnson.