Kentucky Teacher – Oct. 23, 2020

Oct. 23, 2020

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Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, Jason E. Glass and Sam Mitchell congratulate 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Donnie Piercey, on a monitor.

Donnie Piercey named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year in first virtual ceremony in the program’s 20-year history

Donnie Piercey, a 5th-grade teacher at Stonewall Elementary School (Fayette County), is the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year.

“I’m never someone who cries. Now I’ve got tears here,” Piercey said from his home during the virtual presentation. “I don’t know what to say. My kids are cheering for me downstairs right now.”

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Donnie Piercey works with his students on a project in a classroom.

Fayette County’s Donnie Piercey named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

As much as the COVID-19 school shutdowns hampered many educators, it helped Donnie Piercey come into his own.

On Oct. 22, the 5th-grade teacher at Stonewall Elementary School in Fayette County was named the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and the state’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.

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Laura Peavley, Kentucky's 2021 Middle School Teacher of the Year, teaching her students virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laura Peavley wants students to feel loved and valued.

Not just her students, all students. As Kentucky’s 2021 Middle School Teacher of the Year, she hopes to spread that feeling across the state.

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Christopher McCurry, Kentucky’s 2021 High School Teacher of the Year, teaching in his classroom.

2021 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year Christopher McCurry uses poetry as an outlet for students

Becoming Kentucky’s High School Teacher of the Year isn’t the only impressive thing on Christopher McCurry’s resume – he also is a poet.

The Paris, Ky., native and graduate of Bourbon County High School has been writing poetry for more than 10 years, dating back to his time as an undergrad at the University of Kentucky.

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FEATURES

Ben Wilcox, Kentucky’s first state school security marshal, stands in Farristown Middle School in Madison County in August. 2019.

Wilcox shapes role of Kentucky school security marshal amid COVID-19

 

NEWS

Budget Review Subcommittee on Education Virtual Meeting, October 21, 2020

KDE presents draft budget reduction plan to Budget Review Subcommittee on Education

 

Public comment sought on proposed alternate assessment waiver

 

LITERACY

Profile in Courage essay contest open until Jan. 15

 

BULLETIN BOARD

Virtual training available Nov. 11 on teaching STREAM classes

 

Professional Learning Bulletin Board

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Pupil Transportation (UPDATED - September 4, 2020)

 

Orientation and Targeted Services (UPDATED - September 2, 2020)

 

Participation Tracking in Infinite Campus

 

Library Media Center

 

Class Sizes in Virtual Programs and Courses

 

Flexibility for Assigning Staff in the COVID-19 Instructional Settings

 

Guidance for School District Personnel Leave Options, 2020-2021 School Year

 

Compensatory Education and Extended School Year Services

 

Daily Participation and Non-Traditional Instruction

 

Exceptional Learners and Preschool Students

 

Academic Re-entry, Stage two: Meeting Learners' Academic Needs

 

Workplace Health and Safety

 

Facilities and Logistics

 

Room Capacity Calculator

 

Kentucky Department for Public Health's COVID-19 webpage

 

KDE's 2019 COVID-19 webpage

 

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