Sunday, September 27, 2020
Carrie Ballinger, Rockcastle County's new superintendent, works at her desk in Mt. Vernon.

For new Rockcastle superintendent, the job means homecoming

New Rockcastle County Schools Superintendent Carrie Ballinger has more than one full-time job.
Chris Bentzel, Christian County's new Superintendent, speaks with students at an event before the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Christian County superintendent Bentzel hopes to help students take advantage of opportunities

As a student, Chris Bentzel wishes he would’ve had a little more guidance on taking advantage of opportunities and making wise decisions for his future. As the new superintendent for Christian County Schools, he wants to fully support students to help prepare them for their future.
Brian Alexander, the new superintendent for Edmonson County Schools, started out his teaching career as a business teacher at Warren Central High School (Warren County).

Alexander seeking positive experiences for students as new Edmonson County superintendent

As a child, Brian Alexander loved going to school. He loved learning, had good relationships with his teachers, and he enjoyed the culture and atmosphere of his schools. Now, as the new superintendent for Edmonson County Schools, he hopes to create similar positive experiences for students there.
Mark Martin, the new superintendent for Meade County Schools, is a third generation Kentucky educator.

Service to others inspires Martin, new Meade County superintendent

From a young age, Mark Martin admired the impact his family – the majority of whom are educators – and his teachers had on him and his fellow classmates. Martin now hopes to continue positively impacting students as the new superintendent for Meade County Schools.
Damian Johnson gives a presentation on education legislation.

Damian Johnson’s heart lies at Jenkins Independent

Damian Johnson will lead the way at Jenkins Independent beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, but this is far from his first stop in the district. In fact, this isn’t even the first time Johnson has proved to be a leader in Jenkins.
Sally Sugg, the new superintendent of Shelby County Schools, reads with a student during her visit to Shelby County’s Northside Early Childhood Center.

Sugg seeks continuity on return to Shelby County

Becoming superintendent of Shelby County Schools was a return to familiar ground for Sally Sugg.
Todd County superintendent Mark Thomas reviews district plans with Assistant Superintendent Camille Dillingham and South Todd Elementary 5th-grade teacher Rachel Meyer.

Family guides Thomas, new Todd County superintendent

For Mark Thomas, the new superintendent of Todd County Schools, education is a family focus. One of his daughters is a Bullitt County high school English teacher. Another is headed for the University of Louisville (UofL). And his stepdaughter is about to start her junior year at Western Kentucky University (WKU).
Russellville Independent School District Interim Superintendent Leon Smith, left, prior to his retirement from the same district, stands in 2017 with Stevenson Elementary Principal Robin Cornelius, right, to recognize that school’s BornLearning Academy student achievements.

Déjà vu for Leon Smith at Russellville Independent Schools

Starting work as superintendent of Russellville Independent School District has been slightly disorienting for Leon Smith. When he walked out of his office July 1, after his first day on the job, it seemed like he’d never left.
This is a photo of Jason Glass, his wife and their two children.

Kentucky’s newest commissioner found his calling, and his family, in education

Coming from a family of Kentucky educators, Jason Glass had a passion for learning, community and democracy. Now, with an extensive and diverse array of educational and professional experiences, he has been able to turn those passions toward the work of being Kentucky’s next commissioner of education.
Kentucky School for the Deaf graduate Andrew Olson signs "I love you" during the school's graduation.

Kentucky School for the Deaf Class of 2020 graduates in a non-traditional ceremony

Twelve director’s chairs were placed in the parking lot of Thomas Gym on the campus of Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD). These chairs – properly distanced – were to signify that the 2020 graduates of KSD are now the directors of their own lives.