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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...

Forty-Four Kentucky schools among 517 nationwide recognized as America’s Healthiest Schools

Forty-four Kentucky schools are among those recognized nationwide as 2020 America’s Healthiest Schools. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has given the award for 15 years, recognizing schools that use best practices to support learning and development, including meeting or exceeding federal standards for nutritious school meals and providing regular opportunities for students and staff to be...

New Butler County Schools superintendent Robert Tuck seeks to develop new generation of leaders

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Robert Tuck came well-prepared into the job of Butler County Schools superintendent. He knew he was hired in June, so he had time before his July 1 start date to confer with retiring Superintendent Scott Howard. And Tuck already had been assistant superintendent for three years, with experience in Butler County not only as a teacher and administrator but as a 1992 graduate...

Former Boone County Schools superintendent Randy Poe continuing education journey with the KBE

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Randy Poe’s journey with Boone County schools began as a bus driver for the district. Now, after serving the northern Kentucky community for nearly 40 years, Poe’s journey continues with the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE). “I consider it a great honor to be nominated and recognized to sit on the board so that I can continue working for children in Kentucky,”...

Louisville teacher Angelina Harper’s NTI setup draws rave reviews from parents on social media

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher A Jefferson County public school teacher’s home setup for her children is being shared far and wide, providing other parents with ideas to keep kids focused during online schooling. Angelina Harper, a special education teacher at Cochran Elementary School (Jefferson County), had been thinking how to make non-traditional instruction (NTI) work for her three children....

Ky. Department of Education, Valvoline announce 2021 Teacher Achievement Award winners

Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2021 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). These teachers qualify to compete for the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award which will be announced in October. “Now more than ever before, we are honored to celebrate some of Kentucky’s most outstanding...

July 1 was déjà vu for Russellville Independent Schools interim superintendent Leon Smith

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of stories Kentucky Teacher is running about new superintendents for the 2020-2021 school year. By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Starting work as superintendent of Russellville Independent School District has been slightly disorienting for Leon Smith. When he walked out of his office July 1, after his first day on the job, it seemed like he’d never left. “I...

Interim Joint Committee on Education hears from KDE, stakeholders on reopening schools amid virus

By Sky Carroll Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Education heard updates this week regarding reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), along with other Kentucky education leaders and the commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA). On June 24, KDE Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown...

Kentucky Department of Education seeking family input on support needed due to COVID-19 crisis

In preparation for the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) would like to better understand families’ and caregivers’ experiences with distance learning last school year due to COVID-19. KDE is seeking input from families across the state in a brief survey on the challenges they experienced during the implementation of non-traditional instruction...

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...

Kevin Brown: Each day brings new challenges, and Kentucky’s students and teachers rise to meet them

Every day brings something different. Every day since the COVID-19 emergency began to take shape has brought new challenges for all of us who serve Kentucky’s students, and probably for all of you who are more intensively involved in your children’s education than ever before. On the other hand, every day also has brought new and encouraging examples of how families have adapted to non-traditional...

EKU discounting summer tuition for teachers in grad education programs; applications due May 5

The learning environment may be changing during the COVID-19 outbreak, but the commitment shown by Kentucky educators has not wavered. To show appreciation for the dedication shown by Kentucky teachers, Eastern Kentucky University is offering a Kentucky teacher tuition discount for graduate teacher education programs taken in summer 2020. The reduced tuition rate of $395 per credit hour will be available...

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...

Vaping and mental health are key concerns for Kentucky students in latest risk behavior survey

From Kentucky Teacher Based on the 2019 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results, middle and high school students in the state are using electronic vaping products much more than they were in 2017. The percentage of middle school students who ever used an electronic vapor product increased from 15.1% in 2017 to 31.4% in 2019. A significant increase also occurred among high school students...

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 Department of Education opens nominations for 2021 Teacher of the Year awards

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have opened nominations for the 2021 Kentucky Teacher Awards. Nominations may be submitted electronically by visiting the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year website at kentuckytoy.com. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15. Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years of...

Kentucky Odyssey of the Mind is registering school teams for tournaments across the state

Kentucky Odyssey of the Mind is registering schools with teams of students for its regional tournaments across Kentucky. Odyssey of the Mind is an international extracurricular educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities and 21st-Century skills development for students from kindergarten through college. Working in small teams, students apply their creativity to solve...

Kentucky Teacher: New data paints grim picture, Kentucky is suffering a student outcomes crisis

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher When Kiley Whitaker wants to explain to schools why Kentucky’s graduation requirements have changed, he points to the numbers. Whitaker, the assistant director of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Technical Schools and Continuous Improvement, has examined statistics that look into postsecondary outcomes for Kentucky students, and he didn’t like...

Wayne Lewis: School resource officers are an integral part of each of Kentucky’s communities

Part of my daughter’s morning school arrival routine is stopping to say “Hi!” to Officer Steve, her school resource officer (SRO). And daily, even with all he is managing during morning drop-offs, he never fails to share a smile or a laugh with her. I am there enough to know that Office Steve enjoys similar relationships with many kids, not just my daughter. As a parent, I am more thankful for...

Five Kentucky public schools designated national Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Dept. of Education

The U. S. Department of Education (USED) named five Kentucky public schools as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence. The five Kentucky schools and their districts are: Barret Traditional Middle School – Jefferson County East Valley Elementary School – Morgan County Murray Elementary School – Murray Independent Perryville Elementary School – Boyle County Shopville...