2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year quits profession, citing homophobia

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Posted at 9:26 AM, Jun 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-28 09:26:11-04

(LEX 18) — Kentucky's 2022 Teacher of the Year announced he has quit teaching after dealing with homophobia.

Willie Carver, an English and French teacher at Montgomery County High School, has been teaching for 12 years.

Carver says he spent years watching school administrators try to stifle LGBTQ identities.

He says the "straw that broke the camels back" was when school administration failed to address repeated harassment against him and LGBTQ students.

In May, Carver testified to Congress about LGBTQ inclusion.

Carver has taken on an administrative role at the University of Kentucky for the next school year, working in student support services.