Katrina Cyrus reads "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" to her kindergarten class in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America week. Cyrus and other teachers dressed as the famous character and students took part in a crazy-hair day.

Cat, hat, reading is where it’s at

The kindergarten teacher at Southern Elementary in Georgetown spent two weeks, along with the help of five other teachers and an aid, decorating the kindergarten hallway to illustrate the story of “The Cat in the Hat.”
Ballet teacher Laurie Fields works with her 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (Fayette County). Photo by Brenna R. Kelly, Feb. 4, 2016

Performance earns a Blue Ribbon at SCAPA

Though the school is known for its performing arts, academics are also important at the Fayette County school.
Courtney Turner, Roshawn Brooks, Auggie Brown and Rosella Hayes, left to right, practice their team presentations in Lisa Bartley’s AP Seminar class at Glasgow High School (Glasgow Independent). The course is the first of two courses in the AP Capstone program being taught at five Kentucky high schools. Photo by Mary Fye.

Taking college prep to another level

AP Capstone program help students learn to write and research topics as college students would.
Kentucky School for the Deaf students Quanchen Warmack, Bethany Yance and Jonathan Demaree, left to right, look to a judge to see if they answered a question correctly during a match in the Gallaudet University Academic Bowl Southeast Regional held at KSD. Teams from 18 schools competed in the event, part of a national competition for deaf and hard-of-hearing students held by Gallaudet. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 26, 2016

KSD students managing stress, making friends at academic competition

School hosted teams from 11 states and the District of Columbia in a regional academic competition conducted by Gallaudet University.
Librarian Jessica Holmes works with her students, from left, Jon Strange, Muhammed Cisse and Emily Rudic on the letter they will send to schools around the world that are participating in their culture connection project. Photo by Brenna Kelly, Feb. 8, 2016.

Students use folklore to connect cultures

Librarian Jessica Holmes is helping her students collect stories from students around the world as part of a Student Technology Leadership Program project.
Dalton Burgan, a student at Kentucky School for the Blind, reviews his work on a Braille typewriter in the apprentice division of the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge. About 40 blind and visually impaired students from KSB and other schools competed in the annual academic competition, which is designed to motivate blind and visually impaired students to emphasize their study of Braille. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016

Students become better with Braille through KSB competition

Students from Kentucky School for the Blind and other schools test their skills in an annual competition.
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.