Shelley Badgett headshot 6.30.23

Shelley Badgett

Shelley Badgett has been selected as the new director of special education for the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) and the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD). She will begin her duties on July 1.

Badgett previously served as branch manager in the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Division of IDEA Monitoring and Results. Before coming to KDE, she spent six years with the Marion County school district, where she was director of instruction and federal programs, and before that director of special education. She also spent three years in the Nelson County school district as principal of the K-8 New Haven School.

Badgett also was a K-8 special education teacher at the North Washington school in Washington County for 11 years, where she taught students with all disabilities.

“Shelley is dedicated to the success of both KSB and KSD and has demonstrated successful leadership in working with students, staff, families and the public,” said Gretta Hylton, Associate Commissioner in KDE’s Office of Special Education and Early Learning.

Under the direction of Hylton and the director of the Division of State Schools at KDE, Badgett will oversee the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) at KSB and KSD, while also providing support to students, families and staff.

The director of special education also collaborates with stakeholders to ensure compliance with the IDEA through improved outcomes for students.

Badgett has her rank 1 specialist in education from the University of Louisville and a master’s in special education from Campbellsville University. She received her bachelor’s in education from York University in Toronto, Canada.

She also has a rank 1 professional certificate for: director of special education, level 2; teaching exceptional children – learning and behavior disorders, grades primary through 12; instructional leadership supervisor of instruction, level 2; and instructional leadership – principal, all grades, level 2.

Badgett is a member of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, where she has presented at national conferences. She has completed Adaptive Schools training and is part of the EdLeader21 Network – Batelle for Kids, where she presented at the national conference on portrait of a graduate.