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A reunion 40 years in the making: How a Louisville teacher helped shape the life of a D.C. attorney

Ana Reyes, left, hugs her 1st-grade teacher Pat Harkleroad. After testing negative on a COVID-19 test, Reyes, now an award-winning attorney reunited with Harkleroad, now retired and taking care of her husband and son. The two flipped through old photos and reminisced on moments from their lives during a reunion on Nov. 13. Reyes reunited with Harkleroad, after testing negative on a COVID-19 test. (Photo...

Harrison and Barren County teachers to represent Kentucky for 2020 national RISE Awards

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Robert Walker, a school safety and wellness coordinator in Harrison County, and Shelly Thomas, a family resource center coordinator in Barren County, have been selected to represent Kentucky for the national 2020 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman made the announcement during Gov. Andy Beshear’s media briefing...

Greenup County High School student buzzing after receiving national beekeeping award

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Emma Stevens has been beekeeping for a little over a year and a half, yet she already has brought pride not only to Greenup County, but the whole Appalachian region. The 16-year-old junior at Greenup County High School recently was named one of the nation’s top youth beekeepers by the North American Bayer Bee Care Program. “Getting recognized for my work reassures...

Superintendent Kevin Stull brings experiences from Ky. Department of Education to Garrard County

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Whenever Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) employees begin making their way back into KDE headquarters in Frankfort, one familiar face will have already hit the ground running in Garrard County. Kevin Stull played an integral role in the department during his tenure. He served as the lead for the Principals Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, was...

Lee County health teacher named SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Jessica Napier, alongside friends and family, waited to hear if she would be named the 2020 SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year during the May 5 virtual ceremony. The awards ceremony originally was scheduled to take place in Salt Lake City, but due to the COVID-19 emergency, plans had to be altered. While this is an unprecedented and uncertain...

Kentucky’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year leads turnaround in Fleming County Schools

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Sitting on Fleming County Superintendent Brian Creasman’s desk alongside family photos and Georgia Bulldog memorabilia sits a trophy with a yellow note placed upon it that reads, “Kentucky School District of the Year.” Lift this note and you will find that it is the trophy he received for being named Kentucky’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky...

2020 Ky. Teacher of the Year Erin Ball to spend semester promoting minority teacher recruitment

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Life has been different for Erin Ball since being named the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year in May of 2019. But probably not how you may expect. “In August, my husband and I began fostering two young siblings – a toddler and a baby,” said Ball. “Going from zero kids to two kids has been an incredible whirlwind and learning how to balance being a mother...

Kentucky Teacher: Taking on electronic cigarettes, students join forces to stop the epidemic

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky teacher E-cigs. E-vape. E-hookah. Electronic cigarettes may have many aliases, but it can’t hide from the alarming statistics. According to the Kentucky Incentives for Prevention 2018 statewide trends report, electronic cigarette use doubled or nearly doubled in 6th-, 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students, the only grades that were included in the survey, from 2016 to...

Embassy of Spain names Lexington’s Maxwell Elementary the 2018-2019 School of the Year

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher Somos Maxwell is more than a slogan for Maxwell Elementary. “We say ‘Somos Maxwell,’ which means ‘We Are Maxwell,’” said Principal Robert Crawford. “We think about being kind, being cooperative, responsible and respectful. Not only in the local context, but at the global scale.” The Embassy of Spain’s Education office in Washington, D.C., recognized...