Saturday, June 24, 2017
Simpson Elementary Librarian Sam Northern spent seven days exploring Antarctica as part of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program sponsored by National Geographic and Linblad Expeditions. Photo provided by Sam Northern

Icy exploration leads to lessons

Sam Northern, librarian at Simpson Elementary, is bringing his Antarctic expedition to the classroom through interdisciplinary lessons.
Jonathan Miller, the principal at Graves County Middle School, helps direct his team to put a rod on the ground as part of a group exercise during the Leadership Institute for School Principals. The institute is an initiative of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce that provides executive-style leadership training to school principals. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 26, 2017

Taking it from the top

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s training for principals aims to improve schools by developing stronger leaders.
J.T. Snow, left, Luke Dailey and Abby Cunningham practice a musical number from Mozart's opera "Bastien un Bastienne" during a rehersal at Beaumont Presbyterian Church. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 18, 2017

Three-man show

Students at Fayette County's School for Creative and Performing Arts at Bluegrass prepare to put on Mozart's one-act opera, "Bastien und Bastienne," which Mozart wrote when he was only 12 years old.
A Harrison County High School student meets with, from left, Counselor Allison Earlywine, Assistant Principal Jenny Nichols, Director of Pupil Personnel Bow Switzer and Chief Academic Officer Jenny Lynn Hatter. Students who are considering leaving school meet with committees tailored to them as part of the district's effort to help students persist to graduation. Photo by Mike Marsee, Dec. 13, 2016

A team approach to helping students succeed

Harrison County’s multi-layered approach to getting students to graduation has helped students stay in school and stay on track.
Students at the Breckinridge County Area Technology Center are building a wooden version of the Kentucky Department of Education's logo that will be displayed at the KDE offices in Frankfort. Students such as Nick Stinson, left, are working on the logo under the direction of carpentry instructor Will Farmer. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 21, 2016

Filling the halls of KDE’s new home

Breckinridge County ATC students are among those whose works will be displayed at KDE’s new home.
Kentucky Board of Education member Alesa Johnson, left, speaks with KBE Member Ben Cundiff during the boards' June 2016 meeting. A resident of Somerset, Johnson was one of five new members appointed to the board last year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 8, 2016

Johnson says state board needs to keep its eye on the whole child

When people talk about the need to increase the number of women in science, improve communication between industry leaders and educators, or get more parents involved in schools, they’re all kind of talking about Alesa Johnson.
Contestants Shawne Bryan, Cheryl Storms and Jason Smith, cafeteria manager at Isonville Elementary (Elliot County) during the final episode of the Holiday Baking Championship, Season 3. Provided by Food Network

Rising to the top

Jason Smith, cafeteria manager at Isonville Elementary in Elliot County, won Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship.
Jacob Saal reacts after smelling three-day-old hamburger during a lab activity meant to show the effects of decay on food in Jacob Ball's class. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 17, 2017

Science you can smell

As the students walk into Jacob Ball's lab at the Locust Trace AgriScience Center in Lexington, they're met with tables of food – old food.
Teacher of the Year award winners pose with Commissioner Stephen Pruitt after the award ceremony at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort. From left are, 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ron Skillern of Bowling Green High School, Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year Sarah Mills of Eastside Middle School, and Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year Kellie Jones of Taylor County Elementary School are congratulated by Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 19, 2016

Teacher of the Year program gives educators chance to speak for their profession

Kentucky Teacher caught up with 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ashley Lamb-Sinclair of North Oldham High School and 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ron Skillern of Bowling Green High School and asked them what they got out of the Teacher Achievement Awards program and why other teachers should get involved. Here’s what they had to say.
A Robertson County School student slaps a "No Novice" sign on as he leaves a classroom. The district started the practice as a way to motivate students. Last school year, no students performed a the novice level in 8th-grade social studies or 3rd-grade math. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 13, 2016

Back from the brink

Two years after nearly collapsing, Robertson County schools are seeing enrollment and test scores grow.