Saturday, July 4, 2020
Kentucky Board of Education Chairman David Karem talks with Bloom Elementary School students about their technology projects during a February 2020 visit to the school.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | David Karem has deep roots in Kentucky public education

Kentucky Board of Education Chairman David Karem has deep roots in Kentucky’s public education. From his work while serving in the Kentucky General Assembly to saving Bloom Elementary Jefferson County), Karem has dedicated his career to the children of the Commonwealth.
Virginia Moore, an American Sign Language interpreter, signs “We Go Together,” as the video that the McCracken County High School drama students made plays during Gov. Andy Beshear's COVID-19 address.

The show goes on in McCracken County, seniors honor teacher on closing night

COVID-19 has canceled plans for students throughout Kentucky. When a performance was postponed for the drama class at McCracken County High School, the students decided that the show must go on.
Laura Cole, a mathematics teacher at Scott High School (Kenton County) is interviewed by Lauren Minor of WXIX-TV after Cole was named a Milken Educator Award winner in a surprise ceremony at the school. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 26, 2020

Milken award winner helping students, colleagues excel

Laura Cole, a mathematics teacher in Kenton County who was the recipient of a Milken Educator Award, chose teaching over accounting and has impacted both students and fellow teachers.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles assisted Harrison County School Superintendent Harry Burchett and other school officials with meal distribution due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

How Harrison County handled being the first Kentucky school district impacted by COVID-19

Harry Burchett, superintendent of Harrison County schools, explains how he and his staff handled being the first Kentucky school district to cease in-person classes because of COVID-19.
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, center, meets with social studies teacher Mary Shouse of the Stewart Home and School and members of the school's student council to discuss civic engagement and community service.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Time and situation right for Coleman to champion public education

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, an ex officio member of the Kentucky Board of Education, has made Kentucky’s public education system a top priority since being elected and named secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Aaron Thompson, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education and an ex officio member of the Kentucky Board of Education, knows the value of a good education.

KBE SPOTLIGHT: Aaron Thompson believes every child should have the chance to learn

Aaron Thompson knows the power of a good education. His life is a testament to education’s value and he’s lived in service of it most of his adult life.
Holly Bloodworth, center, a Kentucky Board of Education member who spent 32 years teaching at Murray Elementary School, serves as a guest reader in Trina Fuller's 4th-grade class at Hickman Elementary School.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | For three decades, Holly Bloodworth has been educating Kentuckians

Holly Bloodworth, the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year who spent 32 years teaching at Murray Elementary School, originally planned on being a nurse during her first three years at Murray State University.
Kentucky Board of Education member Cody Pauley Johnson reads to a class at Peaks Mill Elementary (Franklin County).

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Cody Pauley Johnson brings a voice to Eastern Kentucky

Kentucky Board of Education member Cody Pauley Johnson hopes to tackle the decline of jobs in the Eastern Kentucky region by putting an emphasis on education.
Patrice McCrary, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, watches a student display his work in computer programming during a visit to Jennings Creek Elementary School (Warren County). Photo by Morgan Watson, Jan. 31, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Education was Patrice McCrary’s ‘yellow brick road’

After public education changed the course of her life, Patrice McCrary spent more than 30 years as a classroom teacher and teacher leader, and now she is lending her voice to the Kentucky Board of Education.
JoAnn Adams, center, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, talks with McKenzie Hallman, left, and Keaton Mossman, two members of the Scott High School (Kenton County) student council, during a visit to the school. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 26, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | JoAnn Adams’ roots in Kentucky public education run deep

Kentucky Board of Education member JoAnn Adams taught for 33 years. She comes from a family of teachers that included her mother, grandmother, grandfather, great-grandmother and now, her daughter.