Friday, August 23, 2019
Shelby Halstead, from left, Kristen Story and Kaitlyn Witt pose for a picture at the Educators Rising Kentucky annual state conference and competition. Story is an English teacher and Educators Rising adviser at Lincoln County High school, where both Halstead and Witt attend. Photo by Megan Gross, March 6, 2019

Kentucky’s future educators continue to grow through Educators Rising

The Educators Rising curriculum, which can be offered through the Teaching and Learning pathway, gives students that are interested in education a hands-on teaching experience, sustains their interest in the profession and helps them develop the skills they need to be successful educators.
North Bullitt High School students, from left, Dakota Centers, Alex Rightsell and Brandon Bowles work on their roller coaster track. Photo submitted

Going loopy over STEM in Bullitt County

This year’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition for middle and high schools in Bullitt County required constructing a roller coaster in less than two hours using specific materials and without parental assistance. Each roller...
Melissa Smith, a 5th-grade teacher at LBJ Elementary School (Breathitt County), has her picture taken with a Twitter post photo frame at a recognition ceremony for teachers who have been newly certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Frankfort. Smith is among 191 Kentucky teachers who earned National Board certification in 2018. Photo by Megan Gross, Feb. 19, 2019

New National Board-certified teachers called on to improve education

A group of nearly 200 NBCTs includes a Breathitt County teacher who didn’t earn her certification until the 20th year of her teaching career.
Angie Beavin’s students celebrate with her following the surprise announcement at which she was named a Milken Educator Award winner. Beavin’s students have consistently ranked at or near the top of the district in MAP scores for the past three years, and her school, Peaks Mill Elementary School, went from being ranked last among Franklin County’s elementary schools to being ranked first. Photo by Megan Gross, Feb. 11, 2019

Milken award winner shines when teaching both students, teachers

Angie Beavin, a 5th-grade teacher in Franklin County, is passionate about helping her fellow teachers grow as well as her students.
Students in a woodworking class at Bullitt Area Technology Center greeted Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis on a tour of the school before the “Conversations with the Commissioner” event. Photo by Megan Gross, Jan. 29, 2018

Commissioner tours Bullitt, Nelson County schools

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis recently began a monthly series of visits to Kentucky area technology centers, and high, middle and elementary schools across the Commonwealth.
Shawnda Fizer, a 5th-grade teacher at Ewing Elementary School (Fleming County), discusses “The Opportunity Myth” study with colleagues at a meeting of the Commissioner’s Teacher Advisory Council in Frankfort. The study released last year concludes that while students tended to succeed equally on grade-level work, many students of color are not being given grade-level assignments. Photo by Mike Marsee, Jan. 18, 2019

Study’s findings can sharpen KDE’s efforts to close the gap

A report examining students’ educational experiences could help the Kentucky Department of Education’s efforts to address the achievement gap.
Rob Akers, the associate commissioner in the Kentucky Department of Education’s newly created Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness (OELE), talks with colleagues as he and other members of his staff make the move to KDE's headquarters in Frankfort. Akers' office, which was created through a merger and a reorganization, serves educators and future educators in areas ranging from teacher recruitment and preparation to principal certification. Photo by Megan Gross, Dec. 13, 2018

The one-stop shop for ‘all things teacher’

Rob Akers was ready to take on a challenge as associate commissioner of KDE’s new Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness.
Bryan Grant, a student of Brian Barrett at Ohio County High School, cleans contacts and checks fuses in the computer that run Buster the School Bus. Several of Barrett's classes used the broken remote-controlled robot to get a hands-on lesson about how to repair aging technology. Submitted photo by the Ohio County High School yearbook staff

Ohio County students help Buster the School Bus hit the road again

Ohio County began January with another bright yellow bus in the district transportation garage thanks to the efforts of a high school robotics class. But this refurbished school bus is not like all the others; it’s a 3-foot long, eyelash-blinking, talking miniature bus named Buster.
NyRee Clayton-Taylor discusses how to analyze a story with her class at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School (Jefferson County). Clayton-Taylor was named the 2019 Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 1, 2018

Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year joins KDE

Nyree Clayton-Taylor is expanding her perspective during a one-semester sabbatical with the Kentucky Department of Education.
Brianna Guy, left, took every class offered by former Bell County High School family and consumer sciences teacher Rosemary Jones. Now Guy, a student at Western Kentucky University, hopes to follow in Jones’ footsteps at the school, where the family and consumer sciences program was suspended this year upon Jones’ retirement. Guy said Jones’ classes gave her a place to fit in at school, and she came to appreciate the curriculum she hopes to teach. Photo submitted

‘It teaches you life’

A retired family and consumer sciences teacher from Bell County was honored by the Association for Career and Technical Education with a community service award.