Saturday, January 23, 2021
Photographer Amy Wallot on assignment with Kentucky School for the Blind students working at the Louisville Zoo. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 21, 2011


By Amy Wallot That’s me, Amy Wallot. I’m the photographer for Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Teacher. Without a doubt, I have the coolest job in the department. I travel the state bringing you the images of education from...
Sara Wietholter waves to family members before Iroquois High School (Jefferson County) graduation. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 2, 2011

The best days

Shooting an outdoor graduation ceremony is great. The color and light are wonderful compared to a gymnasium or auditorium. There is something so beautiful, so Americana about it. If your high school has an outdoor graduation ceremony, please let me know.
Tashi Gay wipes a tear away after the graduation ceremony at Holmes High School (Covington Independent) was cancelled due to heavy storms knocking out the power. Gay said she had family in from out of town for the event and wasn't sure if they would be able to make it to the rescheduled ceremony. She plans on studying nursing at Thomas More College. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 10, 2011

Rained out

By Amy Wallot I headed to Northern Kentucky to check out another outdoor graduation ceremony. I got there early to scope it out, and it looked beautiful. A stage and chairs were set up on the football field to accommodate...
Owen County Primary School 2nd-grade student David Smith cools off in the Elkhorn Creek in Franklin County. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 21, 2011

Summer fun

By Amy Wallot During the summer I’ll venture out looking for students enjoying summer break. It was very hot this day, so I headed to a rope swing I know of in Franklin County. Luckily, a family from Owen County...
Department of Education photographer Amy Wallot tries a KrispyCreme hamburger at the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 18, 2011.

Kentucky State Fair

By Amy Wallot The Kentucky State Fair is a fun way to see students putting their agricultural knowledge to use. And the best part of the state fair…LUNCH! Yes, that is a KrispyCreme hamburger. And yes, it was delicious. Calloway County...
North Middle School (Henderson County) teacher Nan Ternes shares stories from former kindergarten students who were evacuated from their New York City schools during 9/11 with her 8th-grade language arts class on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.. Photo by Amy Wallot, Sept. 9, 2011


This was the first time I visited a class studying history from my lifetime. It was weird, and it was sad. I was almost in tears by the time the class ended. The students were listening with interest, but 9/11 has always been a part of their lives. It wasn’t always a part of mine.
By Amy Wallot When I was in school you weren’t allowed to have a pager, or beeper as we called it, with you in class. Then you couldn’t have a cell phone. Now some schools are encouraging students to bring...
A lucky day for me is when I visit a school on assignment for Kentucky Teacher and also visit a nearby district. Often this is the case when a county has an independent school district. In January I had the pleasure of visiting R.E. Stevenson Elementary School in Russellville Independent.
Once again I was able to visit an independent district and a county district on the same day. This time it was Pineville Independent in Bell County. The students and staff were friendly and focused on learning during my short visit.
Band director Dave Shelton joins in on the trumpet with the Franklin County High School marching band as entertainment for the waiting Kentucky fans. Photo by Amy Wallot, April 13, 2012

On a high note

What an exciting opportunity for the Franklin County High School marching band.