Meet the staff of Kentucky Teacher

Brenna Kelly

After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a journalism degree, Brenna spent nearly 17 years as a reporter at three daily newspapers in four states. She wrote about governments, courts and crime, but writing about Kentucky’s teachers and students was her favorite assignment. In 2014, Brenna joined the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Teacher, where she continues to showcase teacher best practices and innovation.

Mike Marsee

Mike was drawn to journalism as a student at Jackson County High School while writing sports stories, first for the school newspaper and then for the local weekly, and he has been writing ever since. He spent 24 years at The Advocate-Messenger in Danville before joining the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Teacher in November 2014, and he previously worked for the Times-Tribune in Corbin. Raised in Annville, he graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in journalism.

Amy Wallot

Amy always enjoyed school and wanted to be a teacher herself. After working on the high school yearbook and college newspaper at Eastern Michigan University, she decided photojournalism was a better fit. She worked at newspapers in Kentucky and Alabama and now her career has come full circle working as a photographer for the Kentucky Department of Education. She believes she has the best job at KDE; traveling the state to visit, photograph and help spread the word about the best teachers and educational programs Kentucky has to offer.