Jessica Napier, an education administration program consultant in the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Office of Continuous Improvement and Support, sees herself as a people person.
“The most rewarding part of my job has been building the relationship between the divisions, working collaboratively with the other agencies within Kentucky and building that support for the schools and districts,” she said.
Before coming to KDE in February 2022, Napier worked at Stamping Ground Elementary (Scott County) for 17 years as a teacher, an interventionist and a guidance counselor.
Her work there inspired what she does now. As part of KDE’s Division of Student Success, Napier focuses on anti-bullying, student mental health, suicide prevention, student engagement, trauma informed practices for educators, and social and emotional learning. She also trains adult and peer leaders for Sources of Strength, a no cost to school’s peer-led upstream preventative program.
Napier, who has a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Kentucky and a master’s in school counseling from Eastern Kentucky University, works collaboratively with school districts and the state’s educational cooperatives to provide resources and training needs to help support students.
“Getting to work with youth and educators at this level has been the best of both worlds,” she said.
Napier resides in Georgetown with her husband, the youngest of their four sons, and their six fur children. When not working, she enjoys spending time traveling and with her family and friends.