Jessamine County teacher receives INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award

Lexmark recently honored Andrea O’Bryan, an engineering teacher at the Jessamine Career and Technology Center (JCTC) in Nicholasville, Ky., with INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award.

The program recognizes outstanding Central Kentucky area elementary, middle and high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers.

INSPIRE: Lexmark's Teaching AwardAndrea O’Bryan takes engineering content and makes it relevant to students through the lens of project-based learning and Project Lead the Way curriculum. She is working to create a STEM pipeline of engineering students at the elementary and middle school levels through projects such as high schoolers working with younger students to design and build simulated Mars Rovers.

Lexmark representatives presented O’Bryan with a $1,000 award in front of peers and students at JCTC, to be used to promote STEM education in her classroom.

Lexmark launched INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award in 2011 to highlight and salute exceptional middle and high school teachers who teach science, technology, engineering and/or math in designated Central Kentucky counties. In 2013 the program was expanded to include elementary school teachers.

In order to be eligible for the INSPIRE award, a teacher must receive an online nomination as well as one reference letter from students, colleagues, parents, school administrators or community leaders. Eligible nominees must teach in one of the following Central Kentucky counties: Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott and Woodford. Nominations can be made on the INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award page on