Saturday, April 20, 2019
Pulaski County native Sarah Burnett, a 4th-grade mathematics teacher at Shopville Elementary School, is the new chair of the Education Professional Standards Board. While having a classroom teacher chair EPSB is relatively uncommon, Burnett said her daily experiences give her a good idea of what teacher preparation programs need to look like and what kind of support new teachers need. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 27, 2018

Classroom teacher takes her place as EPSB chair

Sarah Burnett, a 4th-grade mathematics teacher in Pulaski County, thinks her experience in the classroom will help guide her decisions as head of the Education Professional Standards Board.
Gueneverie Diffenbacher, an 11th-grader at the Academy at Shawnee (Jefferson County), is helped into a bomb suit by EOD2 David Eninger, left, and EOD2 Abraham Ruic. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 23, 2018

Showing off the Navy’s toys

Students at the Academy @ Shawnee were given the chance to talk to United States Navy pilots, air crewmen and explosives disposal teams when they visited the Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at the school for part of Navy Week. 
Melanie White, a teacher at Jackson Academy, works with 11th-grade student Tyler Thompson on an assignment. Jackson Academy is among 10 schools honored as 2018 Alternative Programs of Distinction by the Kentucky Department of Education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 27, 2018

Building relationships in alternative programs

Working closely with students and their families helps to ensure the success of students in some of the state’s top alternative programs.
Sandy Phelps, an art teacher at Oak Hill Elementary (Pulaski County) paints flowers during a watercolor painting class at the Festival of Learnshops at Berea. During the workshops, teachers can take classes to count towards professional development. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 19, 2018

Berea workshops teach through art

Every year, the Festival of Learnshops at Berea opens its doors to art enthusiasts from around the country, including teachers who come to the workshops to take professional development classes. 
Rita Renfrow, a preschool classroom assistant at North Butler Elementary (Butler County), hugs Aiden Justis during class. Renfrow, who began working at the school as a volunteer, received the 2018 Fred Award from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 27, 2018

A heart for kids – and a whole bunch of hugs

Rita Renfrow, a preschool classroom assistant in Butler County, is the 2018 winner of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators’ Fred Award.
Teresa Spann, the principal at McNabb Elementary School (Paducah Independent), takes a walk around the school grounds. Such walks are among the self-care techniques Spann practices. She said she has come to realize the value of self-care, which can take a number of forms. Submitted photo by Wayne Walden

A careful approach to self-care

Educators are learning that it’s necessary to take some time to take care of themselves in order to better meet the needs of their students.
Cherry tomatoes are chopped up during the lab portion of a hands on summer training session for school nutrition professionals put on by the Kentucky of Education in partnership with the Institute of Child Nutrition at Henry County Middle School. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 1, 2018

Cooking from scratch

Over the summer the Kentucky Department of Education's Division of School and Community Nutrition teamed up with the Institute of Child Nutrition to host a series of hands-on summer training sessions for school nutrition professionals. 
Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis meets with Myron Jackson, a student at the Jessamine Career and Technical Center, to hear what the senior has learned in his medical pathway. During Lewis' State of Education Address, he said it is important that all students get the chance to explore careers and find a future they are passionate about. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 28, 2018

Helping kids find their passion

At his State of Education address, Interim Commissioner Wayne Lewis said educators need to find new ways of making sure a child’s biggest supporter – their parents – is involved in the classroom.
Tiffany Gruen, an instructional coach and gifted and talented teacher at Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District, center, works with the 13-member Review and Development Committee during the writing of proposed new Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies. Feedback on the draft standards will be collected by the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center through Sept. 27. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 12, 2018

Teachers create new draft of social studies standards

K-12 teachers, postsecondary representatives and members of the business community have all been involved in writing the new standards, which are now out for public comment.
Marlie Conley, of Georgetown, pokes her head through a barricade to get a better look at a Triceratops at Jurassic Quest. Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 6, 2018

Walking with dinosaurs

If you've ever watched "Jurassic Park" and thought that a Tyrannosaurus rex would be fun to ride on or that you might actually want to meet a 6-foot tall carnivorous lizard, then Jurassic Quest is the place for you.