Monday, April 12, 2021
A man stands in front of a small table with two women at it, one of whom is on a computer.

Ground zero for first COVID-19 case in Kentucky, Harrison County closes in on return...

Harrison County was the first Kentucky school district to be impacted by COVID-19. Now, the district is one step closer to a return to in-person instruction.
Janet Throgmorton, principal at Fancy Farm Elementary (Graves County), takes a photo with her students before driving them home from school.

Kentucky principal goes the extra mile to ensure continued learning

Three years ago, Principal Janet Throgmorton of Fancy Farm Elementary (Graves County) was looking for a way to save her district some money while addressing one of its most pressing needs.
A picture of a woman on stilts, a girl sitting on a bouncing ball and a boy playing with a baseball bat in a gym.

Kentucky shines in Healthy Schools awards

Forty-one of 45 Kentucky schools recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are part of the Baptist Health School Wellness Initiative, offered by the Delta Rural Network Center at Baptist Health Madisonville.
A woman sits at a desk with a computer in front of her, holding a virtual meeting.

BAVEL sets benchmark for Kentucky online education

BAVEL, Kentucky’s all-virtual public school, offers lessons for other districts now working to set up full-time online instruction due to COVID-19.
A man stands in front of the windows of a library that are decorated with brightly colored pictures of the Muppets.

Letcher County teacher uses Post-it Notes to teach math, create art

Tyler Watts uses Post-it Notes to create colorful pop-culture pictures for the holidays. He has made them around Kentucky and gotten national media attention.
Prisha Hedau, a student at Lowe Elementary (Jefferson County), writes her daily activities on notecards.

Jefferson County student provides a child’s perspective on pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Prisha Hedau had no plans of writing a book. Through Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily press conferences, she felt inspired to tell her own story.
Two women hug at the front door of a brick house.

A reunion 40 years in the making: How a Louisville teacher helped shape the...

In the past, Ana Reyes made efforts to contact the teacher who helped change her life, but couldn’t find her because she couldn’t remember the teacher’s name. After connecting with KDE and...
Picture of Emma Stevens wearing a beekeepers outfit and holding a rack from her hive filled with bees.

Greenup County student buzzing following national beekeeping award

Like many younger children in her district, Emma Stevens used to be terrified of bees. Now, as the vice-president of Greenup County High School’s FFA chapter, she is playing an instrumental role in fighting common misconceptions about bees in her community.
Donnie Piercey works with his students on a project in a classroom.

Fayette County’s Donnie Piercey named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Donnie Piercey, a 5th-grade teacher at Stonewall Elementary School (Fayette County), has been named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year. Piercey, a 38-year-old Lexington resident, is using technology to help his school stay in touch with parents and students during remote learning.
Laura Peavley, Kentucky's 2021 Middle School Teacher of the Year, teaching her students virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky 2021 Middle School Teacher of the Year Laura Peavley moved to West Louisville...

In Jefferson County, Laura Peavley has played a prominent role in shaping the school’s Montessori program, hoping to impact future generations. A believer in reaching students where they are, she relocated to be closer to them and better understand their daily struggles.