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Kentucky shines with 45 schools on list of winner for 2020 Healthy School Program

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Judged by population, Kentucky ought to have eight schools on the list of award winners in the 2020 Healthy Schools Program. Instead, it has 45. This disproportionate success is due primarily to the Baptist Health School Wellness Initiative, offered by the Delta Rural Network Center at Baptist Health Madisonville. Forty-one of Kentucky’s 45 Healthy Schools winners are...

LaRue County’s Savannah Boone named Kentucky’s 2020 Special Education Teacher of the Year

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Savannah Boone, an instructor at LaRue County High School, is Kentucky’s 2020 Special Education Teacher of the Year. As the winner, Boone will receive a scholarship to attend the Special Education Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. in summer 2021, a plaque and $500. Jessica Tipton of Madison Central High School (Madison County) and Amber Ervin of Old Kentucky Home...

Letcher County Elementary School teacher Tyler Watts uses Post-it Notes to teach math, create art

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher The Post-it Note pictures by Tyler Watts on the windows of the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg are getting lots of attention, but it’s far from his first such project. This year’s row of five Christmas-themed Muppet characters is just the most recent. He has covered the library windows in Post-it Notes a half-dozen times for the holidays, including...

Ben Wilcox shapes role of Kentucky’s first state school security marshal amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Ben Wilcox laughs a little when asked how COVID-19 has changed his job as Kentucky’s state school security marshal. He hadn’t been on the job long when the pandemic hit. The position of state school security marshal had only been created in March 2019. Wilcox formally started work July 1 of that year, but a month earlier he began traveling the state to share information...

GE Appliances head named winner of 2020 Kelly Award for Business and Education partnership

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Kevin Nolan, president and CEO of GE Appliances, is this year’s recipient of the Kelly Award for Business and Education Partnership from the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE). The award was announced at the KBE’s Oct. 7 regular meeting. “We love to present this award because it gives us a chance to recognize how important it is for businesses and education to work...