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.
Zyshonne Atkinson, right, bemoans his fate as Elkhorn Middle School (Franklin County) classmates Rosa Kennedy, center, and Kaylee Payton listen. Atkinson was complaining after learning about the cost of medical/dental services from Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce Member Services Director Suzy Hosley at the chamber’s Reality Store at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Students go shopping at the Reality Store

The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce gave students in Frankfort-area schools an idea of the financial obligations and obstacles they might face as adults through its Reality Store.
Lincoln County Middle School teacher Rachael Yaden gives instructions to students Faith Godby, Bryston Alcorn, Faith Brock and Raelyn Barnes, left to right, during an inquiry lesson on life at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, in her 8th-grade social studies class. Photo by Mike Marsee, Nov. 16, 2015

These students don’t learn history, they investigate it

A fellowship at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello inspired Lincoln County Middle School teacher Rachael Yaden to create an inquiry lesson based on the plantation.
Rachel Hacker, a 5th-grade teacher at Bush Elementary School (Laurel County), fields a question from a student as her class works on an on-demand writing project. Bush Elementary is one of four public schools in Kentucky to be named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education. Photo by Mike Marsee, Dec. 7, 2015

Strong community roots build foundation for Blue Ribbon school

High expectations for students and the community’s high expectations for its school have driven Bush Elementary to success.

Susan Edington looking to help build bridges

New Kentucky Board of Education member says her experience in K-12 and postsecondary classrooms may help her bring all educators to the table.