In Fayette County, Christopher McCurry, Kentucky’s 2021 High School Teacher of the Year, uses poetry to provide an outlet for students to discover their true selves. In response to the racial unrest in the country, he developed a course that focuses on the history of Black literature in America.
After spending time around the globe, Claire Batt brought her expertise back to Kentucky where she spent more than 30 years with Fayette County schools.
New Kentucky Board of Education member Bowling said it is important for him to be of service to others. It’s a lesson he learned from his mother, who was born in Germany and spent 14 years of her life living in bomb shelters.
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.
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.
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.
Kentucky’s public high schools strive to prepare their students for life after high school. By the time students receive their diploma, the hope is that they are college or career ready. Fern Creek High School (Jefferson County) Academies of Louisville Coach Sara Wilson-Abell created the Adulting 101 program to focus on life skills.
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.
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.
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.