Saturday, February 27, 2021
A picture of a woman on stilts, a girl sitting on a bouncing ball and a boy playing with a baseball bat in a gym.

Kentucky shines in Healthy Schools awards

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.
Donnie Piercey works with his students on a project in a classroom.

Fayette County’s Donnie Piercey named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

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.
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.
Elizabeth Byron, left, talks to freshman Ella Pena during Byron's Advanced Placement Human Geography class at the J. Graham Brown School (Jefferson County). Byron's class includes the AP with WE Service component, which incorporates service learning into AP courses. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 25, 2018

AP students’ actions speaking louder than words

A service learning component for Advanced Placement courses allows students to apply their classroom work to the real world.
Picture of Emma Stevens wearing a beekeepers outfit and holding a rack from her hive filled with bees.

Greenup County student buzzing following national beekeeping award

Like many younger children in her district, Emma Stevens used to be terrified of bees. Now, as the vice-president of Greenup County High School’s FFA chapter, she is playing an instrumental role in fighting common misconceptions about bees in her community.
Prisha Hedau, a student at Lowe Elementary (Jefferson County), writes her daily activities on notecards.

Jefferson County student provides a child’s perspective on pandemic

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.
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.
Carrie Ballinger, Rockcastle County's new superintendent, works at her desk in Mt. Vernon.

For new Rockcastle superintendent, the job means homecoming

New Rockcastle County Schools Superintendent Carrie Ballinger has more than one full-time job.
Laura Peavley, Kentucky's 2021 Middle School Teacher of the Year, teaching her students virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky 2021 Middle School Teacher of the Year Laura Peavley moved to West Louisville...

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.
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.