A Glasgow woman will head to Frankfort on Thursday to be inducted into the seventh class of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.
Golda Pensol Walbert is among 2014’s class of inductees, which also includes Debra Burgess of Murray and Cynthia S. Wooden of Florence. The ceremony begins at noon at the State Capitol.
Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell, Gov. Steve Beshear, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate Education Committee Chairman Mike Wilson will speak at the event.
The Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame was created in 2000 through a gift by Nunn, who hoped to recognize the vital role primary and secondary teachers in Kentucky play in the education of young people and the positive impact education has on the state’s economy. WKU was selected as the home of the hall of fame because of its more than 100-year history in teacher education.
Walbert, a Rockcastle County native, began her career at Rockcastle County Schools, where she taught from 1943 until 1952. She taught in various one-room schools and found herself assuming the roles of custodian, cook, nurse and teacher. From 1952 to 1954, she taught at Harlan County Public School, followed by a stint at Barren County Schools from 1954 to 1989.
She received her associate degree from Lees Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in education in 1946 from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in educational administration in 1950 from EKU.
Her awards include the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Eastern Kentucky University, the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce Athena Award and the Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Award in 2007.
She also is a member of the Barren County Schools Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
In 2012, the WKU-Glasgow Samothrace Club announced the establishment of the Golda Pensol Walbert Scholarship to honor Walbert’s love of knowledge and her efforts to better others’ lives.