Family and consumer sciences a perfect fit for Washington County teacher Sarah Raikes

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Sarah Raikes found her niche long ago, and it’s just as comfortable today as it ever was. Raikes is in her fourth decade as a family and consumer sciences teacher, a career she chose because of her involvement in a student organization that she says brought out the best in her. Sarah Raikes, the family and consumer science teacher at Washington County High School,...

Student Engagement: Teachers across the state are using drones as classroom supplement

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Anne Lopez has seen what drones can do for students. She has seen her students’ eyes light up when a drone whirrs to life, and she has seen those students throw themselves into a project in which they design and build their own drones. Drones are circling around an increasing number of Kentucky schools as teachers like Lopez, a STEM instructor at Eastside Middle...

Pruitt: With input from across the state, new education accountability system nearing completion

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Kentucky’s new accountability system has thousands of fingerprints on it as it nears the end of a year-long assembly line, but Stephen Pruitt couldn’t be more proud of it if he had built it entirely by himself. The process of developing the new system has involved more than 3,500 shareholders, with the work taking place in meeting rooms and auditoriums from...

Coach at Heart: Superintendent of the Year Henry Webb uses sports background in current position

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward “Coach” hasn’t been in Henry Webb’s job title in more than a dozen years, but he is still very much a coach at heart. As superintendent of the Floyd County schools, Webb is responsible for what he calls Team Floyd, which is working to ensure a better future for children in the county that is his home. “The heart of a coach’s job is to make people better...

High School of Business program prepares students for both college and professional careers

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward At Bullitt East High School, two students are giving a presentation on business ethics in a space that looks more like a boardroom than a classroom. At Eastern High School, students are selling everything from coffee to chicken sandwiches in an after-school enterprise that has been both profitable and educational. Both endeavors are part of their schools’ participation...

Clark students get good look at manufacturing career through industry-school partnership

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Russell Allen is more interested in building a better workforce tomorrow than getting a few extra hands today. Allen, the safety director at a Winchester factory, came to Clark County Area Technology Center Principal Mike Kindred with a plan to help meet that goal – one that Kindred couldn’t pass up. Allen’s employer, bedding manufacturer Leggett & Platt,...