Sunday, July 5, 2020
Chase Smith shares with Kentucky Board of Education member Mike Bowling one of the project-based learning activities that his team was working on as a capstone in the Jobs for America's Graduates program at Middlesboro High School (Middlesboro Independent).

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Mike Bowling learned to serve from mother, high school civics teacher

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.
Sharon Porter Robinson, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, talks with Brionna Jaggers, a junior at The Academy @ Shawnee (Jefferson County), in one of Jeramiah Elsner’s science classes. Photo by Toni Konz Tatman, Feb. 20, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Sharon Porter Robinson brings interest in education policy to board

After a long career in education, self-described policy wonk Sharon Porter Robinson is working to close the gap between education policy and practice as a member of the Kentucky Board of Education.
Marcus Blakeney, a mathematics teacher at Fern Creek High School (Jefferson County), and Traci Blanford, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Washington County High School, join other new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) at a recognition ceremony in Frankfort. Photo by Marvin Young, Feb. 11, 2020

Pilot program elevates teaching, interest in National Board certification

The National Board Professional Learning Schools program supports schools that are dedicated to ensuring accomplished teaching for all students and that are willing to made systemic changes using NBPTS resources.
Lee Todd, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, talks with representatives of career and technical student organizations who were recognized at a KBE meeting in Frankfort.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Lee Todd wants to help Kentucky students ‘dream faster’

Lee Todd, a former president of the University of Kentucky and a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, said it’s important for educators to help students realize what is possible beyond the world they can see.
Kentucky Board of Education Vice Chair Lu Young sits on a defense committee at Barret Traditional Middle (Jefferson County).

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Lu Young brings a voice for students in generational poverty

After breaking the curse of generational poverty and becoming her family’s first college graduate, Vice-Chair of the Kentucky Board of Education looks to bring her expertise to the board and help children across Kentucky break the same cycle.
Kentucky Board of Education member Claire Batt speaks with Frankfort High School freshman Junior Carter about his school work.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Claire Batt brings international experience to the KBE

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.
Alvis Johnson, left, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, hears students in the Mercer County Day Treatment program discuss their beekeeping operation during a visit to the school

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Alvis Johnson attests to the life-changing value of education

Alvis Johnson, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, was the first in his family to graduate high school and the first to go to college. He spent 28 years in public education as a teacher, coach and administrator.
Fleming County High School culinary students show their treats to Superintendent Brian Creasman.

Kentucky’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year leads turnaround in Fleming County

Kentucky’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year Brian Creasman talks about the journey Fleming County has been on since state management.
Allison Slone works with a group of students in a classroom at McBrayer Elementary School (Rowan County). Submitted photo by Mandy Triplet, Feb. 12, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Allison Slone serving as first full-time teacher on state school board

Allison Slone, a special education teacher in Rowan County, has found herself in a position to speak up for her colleagues and her profession as the first active, full-time teacher to serve on the Kentucky Board of Education.
Erin Ball, right, assists Jayda Chenault with an assignment.

2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year to focus on teacher recruitment

Erin Ball, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School (Scott County), recently began a semester-long ambassadorship with the Kentucky Department of Education. During this time, one of her goals is focusing on teacher recruitment – specifically minority teachers.