Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Greenlee Resch, a freshman from Tates Creek High School (Fayette County), gets the chance to look at specimens under a microscope. Photo by Megan Gross, Nov. 5,2018

Students explore future jobs at Career Expo in Lexington

For my first photo blog at the Kentucky Department of Education, I recently went to the 2nd annual Academies of Lexington Career Expo over in Fayette County.
David Horseman, the associate commissioner of the Office of Career and Technical Education at the Kentucky Department of Education, said one of the most significant changes he has seen during his 24 years in career and technical education is a greater awareness of the role of CTE within the larger education community. Horseman, who has been at KDE since 2014, was named associate commissioner this summer. Photo by Megan Gross, Oct. 30, 2018

‘A really exciting time’ to be in CTE

David Horseman, the new associate commissioner of KDE’s Office of Career and Technical Education, said changes will continue to come to career and technical education.
Jordan Tedrow, left, a welding instructor at Marion County Area Technology Center, watches as student Brianna Yolcum works. Yolcum is part of a group of 8th-grade students from Marion County Knight Academy who are taking a semester-long class at the ATC that gives them an up-close look at the school's advanced manufacturing pathway. Photo by Megan Gross, Oct. 15, 2018

A head start down a career pathway

Marion County Area Technology Center is offering 8th-grade students a hands-on preview of its advanced manufacturing and Project Lead the Way curricula through a pair of elective classes.
Elizabeth Forbes shows Sam Garbin, left, and Abby Adams-Smith brood cells inside of the honey bee hive. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 27, 2018

The buzz around bees

Elizabeth Forbes, a school psychologist, has been a beekeeper since 2009. She has been the head of the Bowling Green High School beekeeping program since helping to get it started in 2012. 
Charles Parker, a member of the Laurel County schools’ Security Response Team, high-fives a student as he drops into a class at South Laurel Middle School. Team members have quickly become accepted by the students and staff at the schools where they are assigned. Photo by Mike Marsee, Sept. 27, 2018

Smiling faces and a staunch deterrent

A new team of retired law enforcement officers has added a layer of security and increased the sense of safety in Laurel County schools.
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.