Kentucky Teacher has Kentucky covered

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By Amy Wallot
amy.wallot@education.ky.gov

Each district was marked on a map in my office after I visited it for the first time. The map became a colorful piece of office art that needed to be recolored every so often as the colors faded.
Each district was marked on a map after I visited it for the first time. The map became a colorful piece of office art that needed to be recolored every so often as the colors faded.

I’ve finally done it. It took five years, but I have photographed all of Kentucky’s 174 school districts, plus the Kentucky School for the Deaf and the Kentucky School for the Blind.  I set the goal when I first started working at KDE to make sure we at Kentucky Teacher were maintaining our goal of reaching and covering the work of teachers across the state. Plus, it just sounded like something fun to do.

My first assignment was at North Oldham Middle School (Oldham County) Aug. 29, 2007.  The last district on list ended up being Spencer County Middle School Oct. 8, 2012. It’s been a great journey. I’ve met some wonderful teachers, been caught in a tornado warning at T.K. Stone Middle School (Elizabethtown Ind.), driven snow-covered roads to reach Viper Elementary School (Perry County) and gotten lost trying to find a school, here’s looking at you Farmington Elementary School (Graves County). Actually, that happens more than I care to admit.

While my personal goal has been fulfilled, Kentucky Teacher will continue sharing the positive things happening in Kentucky’s education system. Are you doing something unique in your classroom with great results? Is your school blazing a trail other schools could follow? Let us know about it. I’d love to come visit.

The following slideshow is the first in a three-part series showcasing a photo from each of Kentucky’s school districts.

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