Barbra Ledford

Barbra Ledford

Barbra Ledford, a teacher at Harlan Elementary School (Harlan Independent), has been named president of the Friends of KET Board of Directors, a statewide network of volunteers who work to advance KET’s mission in their communities.

Members of the Friends of KET promote programs and services in their own communities, plan and host special events, and meet several times a year to share ideas for new initiatives.

Ledford, who just completed her 23rd year of teaching, is a member and former board member of the Kentucky Science Teachers Association (KSTA) and is a member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Kentucky Education Association (KEA). She is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), and for the past eight years, she has served as an NBCT mentor. She also is serving on Kentucky’s Lead State Committee for Next Generation Science Standards.

She has served on the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) Math Task Force Committee; the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Core Content Advisory Committee; the Kentucky Teacher Forum; and several Kentucky science book committees. She also has served as a Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) resource teacher and a KDE Elementary Writing Cluster Leader.

Ledford is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, an honors organization of more than 150,000 women educators in 14 countries. This year she will be serving as vice president of the Lambda Chapter.

Ledford’s awards include, among others: Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award; USA Today All USA Teacher Third Team; Harlan County Chamber of Commerce Career Achievement Award; Ashland Teacher Achievement Award; and finalist for the Ashland Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

Ledford currently serves as president of the Harlan County 4-H Council and in 2009 was elected to the 4-H Centennial Hall of Fame. Ledford is a former board member for the Harlan County Boys and Girls Club and the Harlan County Cooperative Extension.

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