Thursday, July 9, 2020

Word nerds: Teachers help students grasp vocabulary

Two Jefferson County teachers are innovative in teaching vocabulary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olivia Moore, a junior at Western Hills High School in Franklin County, works on a greenhouse.

Western Hills junior creating Moore Goodness

Olivia Moore, a junior at Western Hills High School in Franklin County, founded Moore Goodness for her supervised agricultural experience.
Archaeologist Randy Boedy tells how the shelter provided by the Natural Arch may have been used by past generations during Project Archaeology. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 9, 2014

Old dwellings bring new understanding of world

A weeklong academy teaches educators how Project Archaeology’s Investigating Shelter curriculum can engage students by giving them the tools to become “nosy people.”
Brandon Hensley, an 8th-grade language arts teacher at Southern Middle School (Pulaski County), has developed a staged-discipline plan that has been proven to lower the numbers of referrals at his school. Hensley presented the discipline plan, which is designed to keep students in the classroom, in June at the Let's TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching and Learning Conference in Lexington. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 13, 2017

Keeping students with discipline problems in the classroom

A Pulaski County middle school teacher found a way to decrease referrals and increase student learning.
Stephanie Floyd, left, Rometta Brown and Dawn Curtsinger use a net and tote to search for insects, crayfish and other water life in a creek outside of Pulaski County High School during a water quality workshop put on to help science teachers introduce their students to water quality labs. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 31, 2017

Testing the waters

Teachers went wading recently through Caney Fork Creek as part of a water quality testing workshop, overseen by Tabitha Owens, an environmental education specialist with the Kentucky Environmental Education Council. 
Laura Cole, a mathematics teacher at Scott High School (Kenton County) is interviewed by Lauren Minor of WXIX-TV after Cole was named a Milken Educator Award winner in a surprise ceremony at the school. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 26, 2020

Milken award winner helping students, colleagues excel

Laura Cole, a mathematics teacher in Kenton County who was the recipient of a Milken Educator Award, chose teaching over accounting and has impacted both students and fellow teachers.