Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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.
Shelby Frazier, the senior class president at Frederick Douglass High School (Fayette County), shows visitors to the school a banner signed by members of the current freshman class as part of a commitment to graduation ceremony that will be displayed at their graduation in 2022. Freshmen at the three schools that are part of the Academies of Lexington are in their own academies that offer personal and career exploration and serve to help students make the transition from middle school to high school. Photo by Megan Gross, Dec. 3, 2018

A partnership to prepare students

Three Fayette County high schools are offering career academies designed to prepare students for life after high school and to provide the type of workforce local business and industry is seeking.
Students in Angela Page’s creek class at Louisville Male High School (Jefferson County) take to Beargrass Creek in canoes as they perform water quality tests on the Ohio River tributary. Page’s class exposes students to work in chemistry, forestry, botany and other disciplines. Students in Angela Page’s creek class take to Beargrass Creek in canoes as they perform water quality tests on the Ohio River tributary. Page’s class exposes students to work in chemistry, forestry, botany and other disciplines. Photo submitted

Advanced learning at the water’s edge

A Jefferson County teacher gives her students a close look at the results of human interactions with ecosystems in an advanced ecology class that places an emphasis on field study.
Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis, left, talks with Fayette County superintendent Manny Caulk during a visit to Frederick Douglass High School (Fayette County). Lewis said he has always been in awe of great teaching, and that he looks for it during school visits. Photo by Megan Gross, Dec. 3, 2018

From Katrina to the commissioner’s office

Wayne Lewis talks about some of the things that sparked his interest in education and educational leadership during his childhood and young adulthood and the path that led him to become Kentucky’s commissioner of education.