Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Alexis Stone, an 8th-grade student at Mason County Middle School, uses a cutting torch as welding instructor Adam Wallingford looks on. Stone was among 18 students attending a camp designed to expose students to nontraditional career fields. Twelve camps were held at area technology centers across the state in May and June. Photo by Mike Marsee, May 30, 2018

Thinking outside the stereotype

In its second year, nontraditional camps at several of the state’s area technology centers are giving students a look at careers they might not have considered.
Jaclyn Fischesser, center, tosses her hat along with her classmates after graduation from Campbell County High School. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018

Graduation season

All across the state, graduates have been saying goodbye to the halls they wandered for four years as high school students. Photographer Bobby Ellis took a look recently at Campbell County High School's graduation ceremony.
Alex Stine, left, a junior at Kentucky School for the Blind, and Dan Sharrard, the school's career and technical education teacher, man the controls at KSB's internet radio station, which began broadcasting earlier this spring. The station is an extension of the school's CTE program that allows students to develop skills they can use after they leave high school. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 21, 2018

Finding their niche on the air

An internet radio station at Kentucky School for the Blind is the latest component in the school’s career and technical education program.
Frieda Gebert, the drama teacher at Boyle County High School, has the cast of "Sister Act" come together before the final performance at the Ragged Edge Theater in Harrodsburg. The school has to rent the theater because it does not have a performance space. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 12, 2018

Making room for drama

Boyle County’s drama program makes do with no performing space, but will soon have a new home.
Christopher Furhman sits in the driver's seat of a machine used to blacktop roads at the Big Dig event at the Boone County Fair Grounds. The event, which was open to the public, allowed children a chance to sit on and operate different machines as a way to introduce them to the construction and building industry. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 21, 2018

Kids discover the construction industry at the Big Dig

KDE photographer Bobby Ellis got the chance to visit with a lot of young children discovering the world of big machines and construction at the Big Dig, an event open to the public at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Jessica Dueñas helps Jadeynn White with a question during an English class at Oldham County Middle School. Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the year, co-teaches as part of a two-person team that is a model for the district. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 10, 2018

2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year a force for struggling students

Jessica Dueñas said her favorite teachers were the ones who understood where she was coming from, and she tries to be that kind of teacher.

Teachers of the Year find power in music

NyRee Clayton-Taylor was named the 2018 the Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Tiffany Marsh was named the High School Teacher of the Year.
Kandice Kilcoyne, an art teacher at Drakes Creek Middle School (Warren County) and a mentor in the Academy at the Creek, talks with student Michael Lang. The Academy at the Creek is a daily period for the school's gifted and talented students in which they work on problems and explore projects that pique their interest. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 25, 2018

Gifted and talented every day

A Warren County middle school brings its academically advanced students together in an ungraded class to work on problem-solving and projects that pique their interest.
Jalin Benson, a junior at Franklin County High School, dances during the senior prom at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 12, 2018

Prom night at Franklin County

Spring is well underway, and with the season comes warm weather, horse racing and the staple of high schools around the country – prom. 
The 2018 Regular Session ended with a new budget for the 2018-20 biennium, along with changes to the current tax provisions that provide some relief in the latest round of budget cuts. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 13, 2018

Budget, pension system and tax provisions dominate 2018 Regular Session

Local boards of education, school-based decision making councils and teachers will be implementing lots of new laws passed by the 2018 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.