Blake Konny, a Safe and Supportive Schools consultant in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Student Success for the past four years, enjoys the opportunity to be able to expand his work beyond the classroom and across the state.
Konny’s role is to research and address the factors that put students at risk in order to promote school and student safety by working on bullying prevention, suicide prevention and other mental health supports.
“It’s been really rewarding to have the ability to do things that I was passionate about anyway, but now have the time to really grow in,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed being able to delve in and learn more about student mental health and how we can support students. I’ve enjoyed seeing that success in different districts so that we can hopefully replicate it throughout the state.”
Konny worked in education for 17 years prior to joining KDE. He worked as a science teacher in Chicago and North Carolina, before coming to Kentucky. He then served as a principal and assistant principal in Woodford and Scott counties.
He has an undergraduate degree in biology and earth science from Hope College in Michigan, as well as a master’s in teaching and school leadership from National Louis University in Chicago.
Konny resides in Scott County with his wife Stephanie, a school secretary, and their three children. He enjoys many hobbies such as woodworking, roasting coffee beans and playing board games with his kids.