Saturday, September 26, 2020
Doug Ahrens displays in the Bourbon County bus garage some of the scenes from 'The Nutcracker' ballet that he recreated using dolls. Brenna R. Kelly, Nov. 6, 2015

At 93 years old, Bourbon County bus dispatcher still shares his love of learning

Retired science teacher Doug Ahrens now dispatches buses for the district where he’s spent nearly six decades. And he has no plans to retire again.
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’s new minimum high school graduation requirements became law on April 5.

What you need to know about the new minimum high school graduation requirements

Damien Sweeney, program coordinator for comprehensive school counseling from the Office of Career and Technical Education and Student Transition, provides insight on the new minimum high school graduation requirements and how it will affect incoming high school freshmen.
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.
Kristi Whittaker, left, and Jalina Wheeler stand in front of a sign for the Kids Rising Up through Support and Healing (KRUSH) program.

Erasing the stigma of incarceration

KRUSH is a weekly support group for students that are coping with family members or guardians that are or have been incarcerated.
Teachers Daniel Pagan and Stephanie Arnold work with a student in the sensory room at Dry Ridge Elementary School (Grant County) May 4, 2010. Pagan is one of the five teachers Arnold has mentored in the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program, which is designed to provide assistance to new teachers. Photo by Amy Wallot

Experienced teachers give KTIPs to assist first-year counterparts

Many teachers across Kentucky are walking into classrooms as professional teachers for the first time this month. Danny Pagan, who teaches students with special needs at Dry Ridge Elementary School (Grant County), wants them to know that no two days are ever the same. “For me, every new day is like a canvas,” said the former graphic designer now in his fifth year teaching. “I will most definitely bring my paint brush and all my colors, yet the picture I paint may be different than the one I planned.”
Justin Scott tells junior Zan Speed that her example of a quadric equation open response question was that first that has been turned into him with a distinguished score at Murray High School (Murray Independent). Photo by Amy Wallot, May 12, 2015

Test taking time

The end of the school year brings excitement and a bit of relief. For high school students, the relief comes after finished end-of-course exams. That’s what I came across as I visited Murray High School in the Murray Independent school district, a District of Distinction.
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Kentucky Teacher has Kentucky covered

I’ve finally done it. It took five years, but I have photographed all of Kentucky’s 174 school districts, plus the Kentucky School for the Deaf and the Kentucky School for the Blind. 
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.
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.