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Cody Smith may be graduating from Barren County High School this year, but if everything goes according to plan, he'll be back in Kentucky public schools soon.
Lucia Fraile, the 3rd-grade dual language immersion teacher at Liberty Elementary (Fayette County), is one of three finalists for the 2021 Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Education Office of Spain to the United States and Canada.
The Fayette County Public Schools Seal of Biliteracy recognizes graduating seniors who demonstrate functional language skills in English and another language. Honorees awarded this distinction during the 2019-2020 academic year include 102 graduates earning distinction in French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Lingala, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Swedish.
Elena Kamenetzky, a Japanese teacher at Eastern High School (Jefferson County), is the 2019 recipient of the Kentucky World Language Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.
Thousands of teaching positions in Kentucky schools remain unfilled as the start of a new school year approaches, and the Kentucky Department of Education is working to address the shortage through high school career pathways, college recruitment and alternative certifications
Students at Maxwell Elementary, Kentucky’s oldest immersion program, learn global competency along with their regular classes.
Global teachers create global students. Traveling the world with your students may sound like a huge step to take, but in fact, it is manageable for every teacher willing to give it a try.