Meet the staff of Kentucky Teacher


A headshot photo of Jackie Thompson smiling.Jacqueline Thompson

Jacqueline Thompson grew up in Elizabethtown, where she attended Elizabethtown High School (Elizabethtown Independent). She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2018 with a degree in political science. She also earned a minor in Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies. She has always had a love for storytelling, and enjoys hiking, binge-watching TV and playing with her dog in her free time. Before joining the Kentucky Department of Education, she worked in political communications and public relations. 


Jacob PerkinsJacob Perkins

Jacob Perkins was born and raised in Frankfort, where he attended Franklin County High School. He graduated from Kentucky State University (KSU) in 2017 with a degree in mass communication and journalism. He was the recipient of the Moneta Sleet Award while at KSU. Before joining the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Teacher, he worked as a social media and marketing consultant for TCHQ Communications and was the director of sales for The Kentucky Gazette.


Shelby Stills

Shelby Stills was born and raised in Louisville, where she attended duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County) and the Youth Performing Arts School. She graduated from Belmont University in 2020 with a degree in sociology and a minor in public relations. She is a musician and has a passion for volunteering and nonprofit work in her spare time. Before joining the Kentucky Department of Education, she managed a small online sales team at one of the largest American beverage retailers.


Audrie Lamb

Audrie Lamb is a lifelong Kentuckian. Originally from Mayfield where she attended Graves County High School, she now resides in Louisville. She graduated from Bellarmine University in May 2020 with a degree in communications and minors in political science and history. Drawn to community work, Audrie worked in the non-profit sector for a year before joining the Kentucky Department of Education. In her free time, Audrie enjoys reading, playing with her cat, trying new vegetarian dishes and planning her next adventure.


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Wallace Caleb Bates

Wallace Caleb Bates grew up in Shoulderblade, a rural community in Breathitt County. He is a Breathitt High School graduate and holds an associate’s degree from Hazard Community & Technical College. Bates is currently studying communications at Eastern Kentucky University. He is a steadfast supporter of public education stakeholders. He also serves as a school communication coordinator with Aspire Appalachia, Inc., and is a former employee of Highland-Turner Elementary (Breathitt County).


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Sophie Hill

Sophie Hill grew up in Midway and attended Woodford County High School. She is currently a sophomore at Carleton College in Minnesota and is pursuing a Sociology degree and a writing minor. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading.


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Cassidy Cornett

Cassidy Cornett graduated in May 2022 from Boyce College with a degree in strategic communications. Born and raised in Frankfort, Cassidy is interning with Kentucky Teacher and the Kentucky Department of Education for the summer. She enjoys dancing, creative writing and further developing her Mario Kart skills on the Nintendo Switch.