Monday, October 25, 2021
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KDE’s Gretta Hylton and Amy Patterson chosen for top leadership positions in national special...

Gretta Hylton, associate commissioner in the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’S) Office of Special Education and Early Learning (OSEEL), was elected as president-elect of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) during its annual business meeting on Oct. 18. Hylton has served as secretary-treasurer of the NASDSE Board of Directors since 2017.
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Schools, districts recognized for best practices at Continuous Improvement Summit

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) recognized seven schools and two school districts for best practices during the 2021 Continuous Improvement Summit on Sept. 23.
Recognitions

Jefferson County Student recognized for National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award

Martin McAdam, a student at Marion C. Moore School (Jefferson County), has been recognized for receiving the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Outstanding Achievement Award. McAdam is the first Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) student to receive the honor and the second in the Commonwealth.
Recognitions

Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition announces 2021 Teacher and Student of the Year

The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy recognized the 2021 Financial Literacy Teacher and Student of the Year at the first annual awards dinner held on July 22 at the Galt House in Louisville.

Simpson County teacher named 2021 Kentucky History Teacher of the Year

Justin Mitchell, a social studies teacher at Franklin-Simpson Middle School in Simpson County, has been named the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) 2021 Kentucky History Teacher of the Year.
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Semifinalists named for 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Ten outstanding teachers from across the state – four elementary, three middle and three high school – are semifinalists for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Valvoline Inc. announced on Aug. 2.
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Paducah paraeducator named 2021 Educational Support Professional of the Year

Chiffon Winston, a paraeducator who teaches digital literacy to 1st- through 5th-graders at McNabb Elementary (Paducah Independent), has been awarded the 2021 Educational Support Professional of the Year Award presented by the Kentucky Education Association (KEA).
Recognitions

Two Fayette County school resource officers receive recognition for service

Two Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) school resource officers (SROs) have been selected by the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) to receive awards for their exemplary service.
Recognitions

Knott County senior receives Freedom Writers Foundation writing award

Breanna Parks, a senior at Knott County Central High School, received an award from the Freedom Writers Foundation of Long Beach, Calif. As part of the award, she will be included as a student author in an upcoming book set to be released in spring 2022.
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KDE’s Lynn McGowan-McNear named winner of the Walter R. Gattis Jr. Award

Lynn McGowan-McNear, the Kentucky Department of Education's resource management director, has received the Walter R. Gattis Jr. Award.