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Retired, respected Supreme Court Justice Donald Wintersheimer, 89, dies peacefully at Covington home

Donald C. Wintersheimer who grew up in Northern Kentucky and held a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court for 24 years, died peacefully at his Covington home February 18. He was 89. Justice Wintersheimer earned a reputation as a gentleman and true scholar who lived a life dedicated to public service. Throughout his life, he was a hard worker, humble and kind and committed to justice for all. Visitation...

Prichard Committee study highlights challenges of remote teaching, learning during pandemic

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has released the Coping with COVID-19 Teacher and Family Study. The study, conducted in August through October, found that while some Kentuckians are finding benefits to remote K-12 instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, many families and teachers face significant challenges in teaching and learning from home. The results of the study came from a survey...

Tim Hanner finds his perfect match (for a kidney); she is former student Alyssa Vanderpool

By Judy Clabes KyForward publisher Retired educator Tim Hanner just got two big doses of good news – first, he found the perfect match for his new life-saving kidney, and second, he got the very best affirmation for how he has lived a life worth saving. Alyssa Vanderpool was a student of Hanner’s when he taught middle school at Woodland Middle School in Northern Kentucky. “I adored him,”...

Bridget Powell: As a teacher, it’s my responsibility to help students to good mental health and resiliency

Every school year, I take my 5th-graders to the county jail and judicial facility as a culminating part of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. This is usually a somewhat emotional experience for my students. Most have never been in a jail. Walking through the jail doors as we are “locked in,” anxiety kicks in and this experience gets real for my students and me. Leading my students...

Bryan Station Middle’s orchestra director makes list of exceptional music educators

  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward     Sarah Payne of Bryan Station Middle School represented Kentucky in School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s annual roundup of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference,” which highlights some of the best music educators across the country.   Sarah Payne (Photo provided) The honorees were nominated by readers, including current and former students,...

Jefferson County principal is rewarded for dedication and service to school, students

  Allyson Vitato, principal at Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary School in the Jefferson County public school district, is Kentucky’s newest recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and $25,000.   Education Commissioner Terry Holliday; Jefferson County Superintendent Donna Hargens; Milken Education Awards senior vice president Dr. Jane Foley and other dignitaries...