Friday, April 16, 2021
Garrard County High School senior Alex Miller poses for a photo at the National FFA Convention and Expo.

Garrard County’s Alex Miller receives his golden ticket to Hollywood

Garrard County High School senior Alex Miller captured the nation's attention with his recent American Idol audition. But for his hometown of Lancaster, this moment was years in the making.
Seniors from the class of 2019 learning about cars in the Adulting 101 program.

Fern Creek High School’s Adulting 101 program goes virtual

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.
A woman sits in front of a computer, holding up a small sign with a math problem written on it.

Jefferson County teacher achieves National Board certification while reaching out to families

Alisa Keller was one of 82 educators recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky National Board Certified Teachers Network for obtaining National Board certification during a Feb. 11 virtual ceremony.
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...

Kentucky Teacher has Kentucky covered Part III

By Amy Wallot amy.wallot@education.ky.gov In the final installment of one photo from every school district, I share Nelson County through Woodford County. (Please click here for the first installment and here for the second.) The photo...
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.
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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. 

Kentucky Teacher has Kentucky covered Part II

By Amy Wallot amy.wallot@education.ky.gov This is the second installment of photos from every district. (Click here for the first installment.) When my blog returns in January, I’ll have the final installment of the districts. Then I’ll...
Kindergarten teacher Erin Donnerman works with a group of students during a class at Brandenburg Primary School (Meade County).

A special education success story

Meade County has enjoyed success in novice reduction since it began an overhaul of its special education structure in 2014.
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.