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KBE accepting nominations for 2020 Kelly Award for Business and Education Partnership

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is accepting nominations for the Kelly Award for Business and Education Partnership.
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.
Allison Slone works with a group of students in a classroom at McBrayer Elementary School (Rowan County). Submitted photo by Mandy Triplet, Feb. 12, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Allison Slone serving as first full-time teacher on state school board

Allison Slone, a special education teacher in Rowan County, has found herself in a position to speak up for her colleagues and her profession as the first active, full-time teacher to serve on the Kentucky Board of Education.
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, center, meets with social studies teacher Mary Shouse of the Stewart Home and School and members of the school's student council to discuss civic engagement and community service.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Time and situation right for Coleman to champion public education

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, an ex officio member of the Kentucky Board of Education, has made Kentucky’s public education system a top priority since being elected and named secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Kentucky Board of Education Vice Chair Lu Young sits on a defense committee at Barret Traditional Middle (Jefferson County).

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Lu Young brings a voice for students in generational poverty

After breaking the curse of generational poverty and becoming her family’s first college graduate, Vice-Chair of the Kentucky Board of Education looks to bring her expertise to the board and help children across Kentucky break the same cycle.
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.
Chase Smith shares with Kentucky Board of Education member Mike Bowling one of the project-based learning activities that his team was working on as a capstone in the Jobs for America's Graduates program at Middlesboro High School (Middlesboro Independent).

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Mike Bowling learned to serve from mother, high school civics teacher

New Kentucky Board of Education member Bowling said it is important for him to be of service to others. It’s a lesson he learned from his mother, who was born in Germany and spent 14 years of her life living in bomb shelters.
Holly Bloodworth, center, a Kentucky Board of Education member who spent 32 years teaching at Murray Elementary School, serves as a guest reader in Trina Fuller's 4th-grade class at Hickman Elementary School.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | For three decades, Holly Bloodworth has been educating Kentuckians

Holly Bloodworth, the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year who spent 32 years teaching at Murray Elementary School, originally planned on being a nurse during her first three years at Murray State University.
Aaron Thompson, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education and an ex officio member of the Kentucky Board of Education, knows the value of a good education.

KBE SPOTLIGHT: Aaron Thompson believes every child should have the chance to learn

Aaron Thompson knows the power of a good education. His life is a testament to education’s value and he’s lived in service of it most of his adult life.
Alvis Johnson, left, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, hears students in the Mercer County Day Treatment program discuss their beekeeping operation during a visit to the school

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Alvis Johnson attests to the life-changing value of education

Alvis Johnson, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, was the first in his family to graduate high school and the first to go to college. He spent 28 years in public education as a teacher, coach and administrator.