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Voices from the Classroom: Members of the Class of 2020 get a chance to have their say; they speak out

By Amanda Klare Beechwood Elementary School Since March, we have seen our local schools and communities rally around the Class of 2020. We’ve all driven past the signs in the front yards to recognize the seniors. We’ve all posted our own senior pictures with big hair in the 80s to the unforgivable 90s style trends from many moons ago to show support for them. What we haven’t been able to do though...

Voices from the Classroom: From every possible perspective, there’s no way to thank teachers enough

By Chris Wright Dayton High School The 2019-20 school year, in many ways, has felt like an out-of-body experience to me. For the past 11 years, the only role that I held in P-12 education has been teacher. This year witnessed a personal dramatic shift as I moved into the roles of parent and administrator. With this, my perspective on teaching has shifted dramatically. I have always been proud to...

Voices from the Classroom: A letter to the Class of 2020 — we are hurting with all of you

Dear Class of 2020, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. The truth is, we have all been thinking about you a lot lately. Every time I open my Facebook I see pictures of senior years past, younger faces put there as a tribute by the adults who hope to honor you. Every time I open Instagram, I see your pictures, read your bios, celebrate the many victories you have had thus far and the many more...

Voices from the Classroom: Dayton Independent Schools on mission — be inspired by these teachers

By Chris Wright Dayton High School This school year Dayton Independent Schools are “On A Mission!” At our staff opening day, Dayton Superintendent Jay Brewer challenged every teacher in the district to articulate their mission, or their “why” they teach, in a personal mission statement of eight words or less. As Assistant Principal of Dayton High School, I have had the opportunity to review...

Voices from the Classroom: This is a happy voice about a new challenge as an assistant principal

I am fired up about joining the team at Dayton High School. I am incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as Dayton’s next assistant principal. I’ve long admired Dayton Independent School District’s mission: to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our students. In my experience, being able to do these three things is a recipe for student success. What is striking to me though is the...

Voices from the Classroom: First grade teacher says ‘Hitting the same nail, day after day’ is worth it

By Casey Gesenhues Woodfill Elementary School It was your typical Tuesday. My morning had already consisted of corralling my two children downstairs after having a debate regarding attire, making breakfast for the three of us, packing two lunches complete with a joke and an “I love you!” note, and ensuring everyone left the house with their teeth brushed (because we have our priorities straight...

Voices from the Classroom: Lessons in coaching (a side of teaching) and fatherhood — dream crazier

By Chris Wright Ludlow High School For the past month or so, I have had a serious case of writer’s block. I have been attempting to write a piece for “Voices from the Classroom” that shows the “other side” of the educator profession for so many of us, the role of coach. Chris Wright and his wife, Ashley I wanted to explain my perspective on coaching and what I hope my athletes take away from...

Voices from the Classroom: Every child deserves a champion and I mean to pay it forward

By Allison Gable Holmes Middle School Teachers are all asked the same questions from people: Why did you become a teacher? or Why don’t you do something that pays more? For me, it’s simple: kids deserve it. Kids deserve teachers in their classrooms who not only care about them as a student but them as a person. Kids deserve a CHAMPION. Looking back at my twelve years of school prior to college,...

Voices from the Classroom: The ‘what ifs’ are important — and some gifts are more than just a gift

By Amanda Klare Beechwood Elementary School A few weeks ago, John Lewis and Partners released one of the most beautiful commercials I’ve ever seen. As the commercial starts, the now 71-year-old Elton John sits at his childhood piano and starts playing his first iconic hit, “Your Song.” We’re able to go backwards on his musical journey with him to see where it all began with his mother and grandmother...

Voices from the Classroom: NKY educators read same book, collaborate on a masterpiece

By Amelia Brown NKY Cooperative for Educational Services “Belief is the ignition for inspiration and the foundation for dreams.” I read those words this past summer as I was halfway through a new book: The Pepper Effect: Tap into the Magic of Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation by Sean Gaillard. Wow.  Yes. The book aims to energize educators to improve upon their school’s culture and...

Voices from the Classroom: Ludlow High School junior reflects on going to WKU’s Gatton Academy

By Grace McClurg Ludlow High School/Gatton Academy During the past few weeks, my living room has become an entwinement of both my past and future. Elementary school photos look down on boxes of bedding intended for my new life at Gatton Academy. I will be attending Gatton this fall, an early college entrance program where students live and take classes at Western Kentucky University’s campus. As...

Voices from the Classroom: Teachers need support — and the best often comes from other teachers

No matter your role in education, (teacher, coach, principal, assistant, etc.) your title doesn’t even scratch the surface of the many hats you wear. “Teacher,” for example, also implies that at any moment of any day you may need to take on the duties of a nurse, counselor, secretary, mediator, or copy machine technician . . . to name of few. Teaching is hard. Teachers need support. But did you...

Voices from the Classroom: Walton-Verona Middle School tackles social-emotional learning with QRT

By Amy Clancy Special to NKyTribune Walton-Verona Middle School is a somewhat rural public school, grades 5-12 with about 1500 students in the building(s) overall. In middle school, we typically have over 500 students and at times our classes have been very large – over 30 students per classroom. Walton has always maintained a family atmosphere – the way teachers and students interact...

Voices from the Classroom: “Mr. Steve” Meyers is everyone’s favorite person at Beechwood

By Amanda Klare Beechwood Elementary Teachers aren’t supposed to have favorites, but I do. Each year I tell my students on the first day of class that I will love them all, but that my favorite person in the whole building is one of our school’s head custodians, Mr. Steve. Steve Meyers has been a part of the Beechwood family since 2009. As soon as he joined our staff, he took the time to get to...

Voices from the Classroom: Teachers always wonder what impact they’re having, trying to be “that one”

By Melissa Insko Kenton County Future Teachers Academy So many times we, as teachers, wonder what impact we’re really having.  Does the time and effort we put in actually translate to a better world in any significant way?  Now? Later? Are our students actually any “better” for having been guided by us during our 50 minutes together each day?   Like so many before and beside me, I had many...