The Kentucky Department of Education’s Jeff Sebulsky is proud to proclaim he has the best job in the Commonwealth.
“I’m so lucky to be part of a team that gets to support educators and provide a bright spotlight for students to show what they know on the biggest stage in the state,” said Sebulsky, who has been part of the Kentucky Department of Education team since 2013.
As a digital learning coach in the Office of Education Technology, Sebulsky’s work focuses on empowering districts with foundational skills to design effective technology utilization strategies and vibrant learning experiences. Being part of OET’s digital learning team means he gets to collaboratively work to support digital readiness in schools through the implementation of the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Technology, KAS for Computer Science and KAS for Library Media, while also focusing on student demonstrations of learning.
As the statewide coordinator for the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Sebulsky connects with partners, volunteers, teachers, principals and district administrators to create opportunities for K-12 students to engage in productive and creative technology-rich projects. STLP currently has 800 schools participating, with more than 60,000 students actively contributing. This past spring, more than 15,000 participants came together at Lexington’s Central Bank Center/Rupp Arena to celebrate students at the STLP State Championship, marking the 30th year for the STLP program.
“The coolest part of my job is getting to see a group of students start out with an idea in the fall and build it into a collaborative and innovative project that demonstrates what they know, then confidently communicate what they learned along the way later that spring,” he said. “What a great way for students to practice the skills they’ll need to be adaptable and prepared for real-world situations.”
“It’s been 10 years of helping bring this program to more students and more schools. It’s the best job in Kentucky. I’m super lucky to be doing this work”
Before joining the digital learning team at KDE, Sebulsky was a high school social studies teacher, a district technology resources teacher and served as chief information officer/director of technology in the Clark County school district. He earned his master’s degree in education from Marshall University.
Sebulsky was the recipient of the Kentucky Society of Technology and Education (KySTE) Making IT Happen award and received the KDE’s Strategic Excellence and Achievement (SEA) award for collaboration in May of 2023. The SEA Award recognizes Team KDE members who go above and beyond in their work, while the Making IT Happen award is selected by district technology leaders to celebrate educators who are making an impact on the statewide education technology community.
Sebulsky and his wife, Courtney, an assistant principal in Fayette County, reside in Winchester with their two children. When not working, he spends his time supporting their children’s athletic and academic endeavors, noodling around on his guitars, and exploring coding and “making cool stuff” with his children on their 3D printer.
You can learn more about STLP and keep up with Sebulsky and his work on Twitter @STLPKentucky and @jeffsebulsky.