Kentucky School for the Deaf hires principal Dr. Lynn Petrey(DANVILLE, KY) – The Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) is proud to announce the appointment of Lynn Petrey as principal for the 2024-2025 school year. Petrey brings a wealth of experience in educational leadership and special education, demonstrating a strong commitment to fostering inclusive and supportive learning environments for all students.

Petrey has been serving as interim principal at KSD, where he has already made significant contributions to the school community. During his tenure, he has revitalized student extracurricular and athletic programs, expanded post-secondary transition opportunities, enhanced the recognition of student achievements, and boosted KSD’s presence on social media and other communication platforms.

In addition to his work at KSD, Petrey holds a position as an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University.

Petrey said he’s enthusiastic about the new role at KSD.

“I am honored to continue serving the Kentucky School for the Deaf in this new capacity,” he said. “I look forward to working with our dedicated staff, students and community to build on our successes and create an inclusive and empowering environment for all.”

Petrey has an extensive professional background. He completed his doctoral degree at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in the summer of 2021, with a dissertation focused on “Appreciative Inquiry: Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities.” Additionally, he holds multiple professional certifications, including superintendent administration, learning and behavior disorders, and physical education K-12.

Throughout his career, Petrey has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities. Prior to coming to KSD as interim principal, Petrey served as a postsecondary transition specialist with the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Office of Special Education and Early Learning. He also previously served in roles for schools in Madison and Lincoln counties.

Petrey is a recognized presenter at national and state conferences, sharing his expertise on post-secondary transition strategies and special education programs. His work has been instrumental in developing and implementing successful transition programs, such as the School to Work Transition Program in Madison County.

Among his numerous awards and recognitions, Petrey was honored with the S.E.A. Monthly Award in 2022 and has received multiple grants and scholarships for his contributions to education and athletic training.