Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Jim Evans, superintendent of Lee County schools, speaks during a panel discussion at the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) 2017 Fall Forum in Versailles. Evans, who was named 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, said partnerships such as those developed in the NSFY program have been critical for his small district as it tries to provide opportunities for its students. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 27, 2017

Superintendent of the year wants more for Lee County

Jim Evans has worked to improve education in the school district he attended during challenging times.
PE teacher Angela Stark, watches as Marianne Gebb, left, and Sofia Wu attempt to play plank hockey by sliding a bean bag between each other's arms during Stark's class at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (Fayette County.) Stark is a finalist for National Middle School Teacher of the Year. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 29, 2018

Physical education beyond the gym

National Middle School PE Teacher of the Year finalist Angela Stark teaches her Fayette County students the skills they need to live a healthy life.
Katie McClain, the library medial specialist at Farristown Middle School (Madison County), serves her white chicken chili to students during lunch. The dish was served on Teacher Tuesday, in which the cafeteria staff at the school selects a recipe submitted by a faculty member to prepare and serve. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 28, 2017

Serving up something different

Students, faculty and staff at a Madison County middle school have given rave reviews to Teacher Tuesday, in which a recipe submitted by a faculty member is prepared and served in the cafeteria.
Students in Sarah Blades' 4th-grade class listen to Frank Mabson read a book about a young girl wanting to be president as part of the R.E.A.L. Men Read program. The program has been credited by Blades in helping her students improve their literacy scores on the MAP testing. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 24, 2018

R.E.A.L. Men Read

Bobby Ellis bobby.ellis@education.ky.gov When Fayette County announced that it was looking for 300 volunteers to fill a read-aloud mentoring program, Christian Adair wondered how many people would answer the call.  "As it turns out, we've had to...
Amber Florence, a business teacher at Harrison County Area Technology Center, counts out money as sophomore Morgan Nickerson pays back a loan she received in Florence's entrepreneurship class. Florence has retooled the school's business program, which was in danger of being dropped due to low enrollment before she was hired in 2016. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 5, 2017

Business is booming at Harrison County ATC

A program that was in danger of being eliminated less than two years ago has seen swift and sharp growth thanks to the efforts of a nontraditional teacher.
Ella Simpson, a kindergartener at Second Street School (Frankfort Independent), sleds down a hill in front of her house in Frankfort. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 13, 2018

Snow day!

If you're not a fan of snow and the cold, 2018 may not be off to the best start. Kentucky Teacher photographer Bobby Ellis took in the fun Franklin County students had during one recent snowy day.
Brooke Powers, right, a 7th-grade mathematics teacher at Beaumont Elementary School (Fayette County) who was named a Milken Education Award winner Jan. 9, poses for a selfie with former Milken award winner Greta Casto, the chief information officer at Russell Independent schools, following the announcement of Powers' award. Powers is one of 44 Milken Educators who will be honored in 2017-18, and the only one in Kentucky. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 9, 2017

An unlikely math teacher shines as Milken award winner

Brooke Powers, a 7th-grade mathematics teacher in Fayette County, is the first Kentucky educator in three years to receive prestigious recognition.
Earl Simms, a graduate of duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County), has returned to Kentucky to lead the Kentucky Department of Education's Division of Charter Schools. Simms said charters are schools that will offer families another public education option. Photo by Bobby Ellis,, Jan. 11, 2018

New director to guide charter schools

Earl Simms will bring his experience working with charters in Missouri to bear as the state finalizes regulations governing new kind of public school in the Commonwealth.
Fourth-graders Cruz King, left, and Eli McGuffey use tiles to work out a word problem in Crystin Moore's math class at Junction City Elementary (Boyle County). Moore is using inquiry-based lessons as part of pilot program to spread inquiry-based learning to more subjects. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Nov. 30, 2017

Inquiring minds

Boyle County schools have expanded inquiry-based learning to multiple subjects and grade levels as part of a pilot project that educators hope will help students develop critical thinking skills.
Everly James, a 2nd-grader at Rich Pond Elementary, walks to the Blue Ribbon celebration. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Dec. 4, 2017

Family atmosphere key to success at Rich Pond

Warren County's Rich Pond Elementary School is one of two Kentucky public schools to be named this year as a Blue Ribbon winner for the second time. There are only eight public schools in Kentucky to earn the award twice since the program began in 1982.