Kentucky Teacher Named to Curriculum Associates’ 2023 Class of Extraordinary Educators™

Taylor Wheatley of Kirksville Elementary School in Richmond receives national recognition for his best-in-class teaching and use of educational programs.

North Billerica, MA, February 2, 2023

Curriculum Associates has named Taylor Wheatley of Kirksville Elementary School in Richmond, KY to its 2023 class of Extraordinary Educators, an annual program that celebrates and connects exemplar teachers in Grades K–8 from around the country. Chosen from hundreds of nominations, Wheatley is among 30 educators from 22 states selected for exhibiting best-in-class use of i-Ready®, i-Ready Classroom Mathematics, and/or Ready®, illustrating growth and achievement via formal assessments, demonstrating innovation and engagement practices for students, being evangelists for high expectations and student achievement, championing equity, and having taught for at least two years.

“Teachers are true rockstars,” said Emily McCann, vice president of educator community at Curriculum Associates. “This year’s Extraordinary Educators are no exception—they were chosen from hundreds of nominations and represent the best of the best. We are happy to recognize and celebrate Taylor for his amazing work in the classroom and look forward to providing him with ongoing professional learning and networking opportunities to help him continue to grow his craft.”

With nearly 340 years of combined teaching experience, this year’s class of Extraordinary Educators includes classroom teachers, special education teachers, and instructional specialists. All of the educators were ultimately selected by an advisory board featuring leaders from Curriculum Associates, previously inducted Extraordinary Educators, and a college student pursuing a degree in urban education.

The Extraordinary Educators will have continued access to a network of peers from around the country to collaborate, connect, and learn from throughout the year as well as access to professional learning opportunities from Curriculum Associates. They will also be invited to participate and present at the Extraordinary Educators Leadership Summit and other professional learning events.

“I am honored to be selected as a 2023 Extraordinary Educator and to represent Madison County Schools, and my school, Kirksville Elementary,” said Wheatley. “I am looking forward to connecting with other educators around the country and being a resource to them as well. I am hoping to gain more insight to help the instruction not only in my classroom, but also the classrooms throughout my school in order to better engage our diverse student population. I also hope this program allows me to grow as a teacher leader to support others, build on ways for our students to continuously find success in the classroom, and advocate for our students, their needs, and how to meet them.”

This is the fourth year of the Extraordinary Educators program. This year’s class joins 110 additional educators from across the country in receiving this recognition. 

Today, Curriculum Associates’ programs are used in the majority of Kentucky's school districts.

To learn about Curriculum Associates and the 2023 Extraordinary Educators, visit

About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.



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