Friday, December 4, 2020
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.
Damian Johnson gives a presentation on education legislation.

Damian Johnson’s heart lies at Jenkins Independent

Damian Johnson will lead the way at Jenkins Independent beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, but this is far from his first stop in the district. In fact, this isn’t even the first time Johnson has proved to be a leader in Jenkins.
Sally Sugg, the new superintendent of Shelby County Schools, reads with a student during her visit to Shelby County’s Northside Early Childhood Center.

Sugg seeks continuity on return to Shelby County

Becoming superintendent of Shelby County Schools was a return to familiar ground for Sally Sugg.
Todd County superintendent Mark Thomas reviews district plans with Assistant Superintendent Camille Dillingham and South Todd Elementary 5th-grade teacher Rachel Meyer.

Family guides Thomas, new Todd County superintendent

For Mark Thomas, the new superintendent of Todd County Schools, education is a family focus. One of his daughters is a Bullitt County high school English teacher. Another is headed for the University of Louisville (UofL). And his stepdaughter is about to start her junior year at Western Kentucky University (WKU).
Russellville Independent School District Interim Superintendent Leon Smith, left, prior to his retirement from the same district, stands in 2017 with Stevenson Elementary Principal Robin Cornelius, right, to recognize that school’s BornLearning Academy student achievements.

Déjà vu for Leon Smith at Russellville Independent Schools

Starting work as superintendent of Russellville Independent School District has been slightly disorienting for Leon Smith. When he walked out of his office July 1, after his first day on the job, it seemed like he’d never left.
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 School for the Deaf graduate Andrew Olson signs "I love you" during the school's graduation.

Kentucky School for the Deaf Class of 2020 graduates in a non-traditional ceremony

Twelve director’s chairs were placed in the parking lot of Thomas Gym on the campus of Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD). These chairs – properly distanced – were to signify that the 2020 graduates of KSD are now the directors of their own lives.
Jessica Napier is the middle and high school health education teacher for Lee County Schools and has taught health education for 18 years.

Lee County health education teacher brings home national award

Jessica Napier, alongside friends and family, waited to hear if she would be named the 2020 SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year during the May 5 virtual ceremony.
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.
Kentucky School for the Deaf History Teacher Kelsey Grievson signs with Georgia Bell Judge, a student at KSD.

KSB, KSD staff personally deliver NTI materials

Staff from both the Kentucky School for the Blind and the Kentucky School for the Deaf set out to personally deliver non-traditional instruction materials to their students throughout the state. The visits provide some positivity for students and staff during these unprecedented times.