Kevin Estes, the principal at Hickman County High School, talks with students between class periods in the school lobby. Estes also regularly communicates with administrators from around the state while serving as one of the moderates of a weekly Twitter chat for administrators. Photo by Mike Marsee, Dec. 11, 2015

Improving their schools, one tweet at a time

Weekly virtual chats becoming increasingly popular for sharing ideas and innovations.
First-grade teacher Cathy Wolff has taught at Beechwood Elementary for 24 years and has even taught some of her former students' children. Wolff traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive the Blue Ribbon award. Brenna Kelly, Dec. 7, 2015

Blue Ribbon follows tradition at Beechwood Elementary

The school, which began as a two-room schoolhouse more than 150 years ago, now thrives on tradition, parental involvement and community support.

Kentucky teachers going for Grammy gold

Two state teachers among 10 finalists up for the Music Educator Award.
Owens Saylor, superintendent of the Daviess County school district, visits an elementary school classroom in his district. Saylor, who was named the 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, has led a program that introduces students to college campuses while they are still in elementary school. Photo by Lora Wimsatt

Superintendent of the Year keeps Daviess County schools in tune

Daviess County Superintendent Owens Saylor said he came to a strong district in 2012, and he has led initiatives that have kept it moving forward.
Teresa Speed, principal at Murray High School (Murray Independent), greets students with a hug as they enter the building to start the school day. Speed hugs her students each morning, saying it helps her build relationships with students that are critical to their success. Murray was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Photo by Mike Marsee, Dec. 11, 2015

Blue Ribbon school’s success story starts with relationships

Murray High School students start their day with a hug at the front door, then enter an atmosphere in which both they and their teachers are held to high standards.
The Kentucky Board of Education participated in the "Kentucky Kids Can Do Anything" project started by Southern Middle School teacher Duane Keaton's after school film club. The club is trying to collect 1,000 pictures of people holding a sign that reads "Kentucky Kids Can Do Anything."

Pictures show that Kentucky kids can do anything

Fayette County middle school teacher and his students are trying to collect 1,000 pictures to remind children that people believe in them.
James Allen, librarian at Eminence Independent, recently was named as president of the Kentucky Association of School Librarians. Photo by Donnie Piercey, Jan. 6, 2016

James Allen believes in sharing his passion for school libraries

Eminence Independent’s Allen recently was named as president of the Kentucky Association of School Librarians.
Kelsie Steber, a sophomore at Danville High School (Danville Independent) shows her work to teacher Steve Meadows during a’ Speech II-III-IV class. Meadows has taught speech classes at Danville for 22 years. Photo by Mike Marsee, Nov. 30, 2015

Danville teacher uses his voice to call for more speech education

Steve Meadows teaches at a school where speech is a curriculum requirement, and he says being able to speak effectively gives students an advantage both in school and beyond.
Robert Grubbs, a Marshall County native, won the 2005 Nobel Prize in chemistry. He said schools need to instill their students with a love of discovery to get more students interested in STEM fields.

From Marshall County to a Nobel Prize

Prize-winning chemist Robert Grubbs says teachers played a key role in shaping his love of science.
Shelley Simpson, preschool teacher at Erlanger-Elsmere's Early Learning Center, helps a student get ready for the playground. Brenna Kelly, Dec. 7, 2015

Pre-K working in Erlanger-Elsmere schools

Erlanger-Elsmere Independent is working with parents, community groups and the United Way to make sure every student is ready for kindergarten.