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Donnie Piercey named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year during first virtual ceremony in program history

Donnie Piercey, a fifth-grade teacher at Stonewall Elementary School in Fayette County, is the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year. “I’m never someone who cries. Now I’ve got tears here,” Piercey said from his home during the virtual presentation. “I don’t know what to say. My kids are cheering for me downstairs right now.” Piercey said he has had many...

Golden Girl: Ms. Ruby marks 50 years — and counting — at Stonewall Elementary School

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward When it comes to golden girls, 78-year-old Ruby Allnutt at Stonewall Elementary outshines them all with her optimistic attitude and bubbly laugh. “She’s probably one of the happiest people you’ve ever met. She goes with the flow, and as things have changed through the years, she just rolls with it,” said Principal Bill Gatliff, whose students and staff...