Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Thomas Woods-Tucker, center, a former superintendent of Douglas County Schools in Colorado, visits a classroom of students in his former district.

Thomas Woods-Tucker becomes Kentucky Department of Education’s first chief equity officer

The grandson of sharecroppers, Thomas Woods-Tucker looks to tackle equity as the Kentucky Department of Education’s first chief equity officer.
Ben Wilcox, Kentucky’s first state school security marshal, stands in Farristown Middle School in Madison County in August. 2019.

Wilcox shapes role of Kentucky school security marshal amid COVID-19

Kentucky’s first state school security marshal, Ben Wilcox, was preparing for an initial round of school safety inspections when COVID-19 closed schools statewide. But he and his subordinates are moving forward with required risk assessments, working with school administrators to get in compliance with state standards.
Christopher McCurry, Kentucky’s 2021 High School Teacher of the Year, teaching in his classroom.

2021 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year Christopher McCurry uses poetry as an...

In Fayette County, Christopher McCurry, Kentucky’s 2021 High School Teacher of the Year, uses poetry to provide an outlet for students to discover their true selves. In response to the racial unrest in the country, he developed a course that focuses on the history of Black literature in America.
Laura Peavley, Kentucky's 2021 Middle School Teacher of the Year, teaching her students virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky 2021 Middle School Teacher of the Year Laura Peavley moved to West Louisville...

In Jefferson County, Laura Peavley has played a prominent role in shaping the school’s Montessori program, hoping to impact future generations. A believer in reaching students where they are, she relocated to be closer to them and better understand their daily struggles.
Donnie Piercey works with his students on a project in a classroom.

Fayette County’s Donnie Piercey named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Donnie Piercey, a 5th-grade teacher at Stonewall Elementary School (Fayette County), has been named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year. Piercey, a 38-year-old Lexington resident, is using technology to help his school stay in touch with parents and students during remote learning.
Picture of Emma Stevens wearing a beekeepers outfit and holding a rack from her hive filled with bees.

Greenup County student buzzing following national beekeeping award

Like many younger children in her district, Emma Stevens used to be terrified of bees. Now, as the vice-president of Greenup County High School’s FFA chapter, she is playing an instrumental role in fighting common misconceptions about bees in her community.
Two women hug at the front door of a brick house.

A reunion 40 years in the making: How a Louisville teacher helped shape the...

In the past, Ana Reyes made efforts to contact the teacher who helped change her life, but couldn’t find her because she couldn’t remember the teacher’s name. After connecting with KDE and...