Posted: Apr 11, 2012 9:04 AM
Updated: Apr 11, 2012 9:14 AM
Johnny Belcher, a mathematics and physics teacher at Pikeville High School, is Kentucky's newest recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, which includes a financial reward of $25,000.
Belcher was notified of his award today, when Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, University of Pikeville President Paul Patton, Milken Family Foundation representative Sheila Duncan and local dignitaries visited his school.
Belcher has taught at Pikeville High for 14 years and is the department chair and instructional supervisor in mathematics for grades 7-12. This year, he also is teaching courses as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Pikeville.
Belcher earned a bachelor's degree from Alice Lloyd College and a master's degree from Morehead State University. He is working toward a doctorate at the University of Louisville and has achieved Rank I and certification as a supervisor of instruction.
As Kentucky's Milken Family Foundation National Educator, Belcher will receive a check for $25,000. There are no restrictions on the use of the award -- the winners may use the money in any way they choose.
The award provides public recognition and a cash reward to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and other education professionals. The foundation was established in 1985, and the first awards given in 1987. Kentucky has participated since 1993, with 52 recipients since then. This year, more than 50 educators nationwide were selected as winners.