Monday, August 3, 2020
JoAnn Adams, center, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, talks with McKenzie Hallman, left, and Keaton Mossman, two members of the Scott High School (Kenton County) student council, during a visit to the school. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 26, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | JoAnn Adams’ roots in Kentucky public education run deep

Kentucky Board of Education member JoAnn Adams taught for 33 years. She comes from a family of teachers that included her mother, grandmother, grandfather, great-grandmother and now, her daughter.
Kentucky Board of Education member Claire Batt speaks with Frankfort High School freshman Junior Carter about his school work.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Claire Batt brings international experience to the KBE

After spending time around the globe, Claire Batt brought her expertise back to Kentucky where she spent more than 30 years with Fayette County schools.
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.
Kentucky Board of Education Chairman David Karem talks with Bloom Elementary School students about their technology projects during a February 2020 visit to the school.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | David Karem has deep roots in Kentucky public education

Kentucky Board of Education Chairman David Karem has deep roots in Kentucky’s public education. From his work while serving in the Kentucky General Assembly to saving Bloom Elementary Jefferson County), Karem has dedicated his career to the children of the Commonwealth.
Patrice McCrary, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, watches a student display his work in computer programming during a visit to Jennings Creek Elementary School (Warren County). Photo by Morgan Watson, Jan. 31, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Education was Patrice McCrary’s ‘yellow brick road’

After public education changed the course of her life, Patrice McCrary spent more than 30 years as a classroom teacher and teacher leader, and now she is lending her voice to the Kentucky Board of Education.
Sharon Porter Robinson, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, talks with Brionna Jaggers, a junior at The Academy @ Shawnee (Jefferson County), in one of Jeramiah Elsner’s science classes. Photo by Toni Konz Tatman, Feb. 20, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Sharon Porter Robinson brings interest in education policy to board

After a long career in education, self-described policy wonk Sharon Porter Robinson is working to close the gap between education policy and practice as a member of the Kentucky Board of Education.
Jessica Napier is the middle and high school health education teacher for Lee County Schools and has taught health education for 18 years.

Lee County health education teacher brings home national award

Jessica Napier, alongside friends and family, waited to hear if she would be named the 2020 SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year during the May 5 virtual ceremony.
Russellville Independent School District Interim Superintendent Leon Smith, left, prior to his retirement from the same district, stands in 2017 with Stevenson Elementary Principal Robin Cornelius, right, to recognize that school’s BornLearning Academy student achievements.

Déjà vu for Leon Smith at Russellville Independent Schools

Starting work as superintendent of Russellville Independent School District has been slightly disorienting for Leon Smith. When he walked out of his office July 1, after his first day on the job, it seemed like he’d never left.
Sally Sugg, the new superintendent of Shelby County Schools, reads with a student during her visit to Shelby County’s Northside Early Childhood Center.

Sugg seeks continuity on return to Shelby County

Becoming superintendent of Shelby County Schools was a return to familiar ground for Sally Sugg.
Damian Johnson gives a presentation on education legislation.

Damian Johnson’s heart lies at Jenkins Independent

Damian Johnson will lead the way at Jenkins Independent beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, but this is far from his first stop in the district. In fact, this isn’t even the first time Johnson has proved to be a leader in Jenkins.