education notes

Education notes: Oct. 31

October 31, 2012 

Richmond's B. Michael Caudill Middle School archery team won the National Archery in Schools Program's World Archery Tournament in Orlando on Oct. 4. First row, from left: Haven Jacob, Chase Karzewski, Jason Meade, Nathan Carroll, Blake Groce, Adrian Hall, Brianna Brock, Seth Stagner, Ashton Glasscock, Connor Taylor and Hannah Carroll. Second row, from left: Cole Baker, Jessie LeMaster, Bethany Groce, Keeley Foley, Emily Jones, Courtney Patton, Bradley Long and Brianna Bowles. Third row, from left: Coach Joy Campbell, Coach Winston Long, Jessie Hart, Coach Mark Campbell, Nathan McIntire, Sarah Lyons, Jared Isaacs and Dylan Wilkins.


■ Richmond's B. Michael Caudill Middle School archery team won the National Archery in Schools Program's World Archery Tournament in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 4. The Caudill team shot a 3,335 total team score out of 3,600 to win first place. The team is coached by Joy Campbell, Mark Campbell and Winston Long.

Bradley Long, currently a ninth-grader (an eighth-grader at the time of competition), scored 296 out of 300 and earned the title of Middle School World Champion Archer.

Also, Ryan Long from Madison Central won third overall male in the tournament and second in world in high school division.

Throughout the competition teams are encouraged to display school spirit and good sportsmanship. A Spirit Award was presented to Anderson County Middle School in Lawrenceburg.

Competition results are available at

Kristi Fehr, who teaches at Liberty Elementary, was chosen by her peers as Kentucky's Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher of the Year. She received the award Oct. 19 in Louisville during a regional conference of the National Science Teachers Association.

In addition, Patti Works of Cassidy Elementary was recognized as one of three state finalists for the Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching; the winner will be announced this spring.

Fehr, who earned a bachelor's degree and a master of education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, taught in Montessori schools in Louisville, Lexington and North Carolina before joining Fayette County Public Schools in 2006. She was a science lab teacher for two years at Southern Elementary and has been at Liberty since it opened in August 2008.

■ The SCAPA at Bluegrass middle school band has been selected as a 2012 commended winner in the Mark of Excellence national wind band honors competition. Bands submit recordings for this contest, which is sponsored by the Foundation for Music Education; this year, 184 entries came in from 35 states. The SCAPA group, under the direction of Robin Barker and assistant Karen Akel, is the first Kentucky band named a commended winner and only the third band in Class A that was not from Texas.

■ Two Fayette County Public Schools employees have been honored by the Kentucky Association of Psychology in Schools.

Amy Detjen received one of two statewide Best Practice awards, presented Sept. 28 at the annual KAPS conference in Louisville, and Tiffany Martinez earned one of eight regional Best Practice awards.

Detjen earned a degree in psychology from Auburn University and completed her graduate coursework in school psychology at the University of Kentucky. She began her career with an internship in FCPS in 2002, where she has worked for the past nine years. Her primary assignment has been in elementary schools, with a focus in autism assessment and support. Detjen is the school psychologist at Glendover Elementary, and she provides autism assessment support and consultation districtwide.

Martinez, who earned a degree in psychology from Transylvania University and a graduate degree in school psychology from UK, has worked at Leestown Middle and Cardinal Valley Elementary for seven years. She speaks Spanish fluently and assists with assessments and consultations across FCPS.

Renee Brown, a senior at Lexington Catholic High School and president of the Youth Coalition for Alcohol Education, was awarded the 2012 MADD Youth Activist of the Year Award at the MADD National Conference on Sept. 28 in Washington. She was honored for her commitment to underage drinking prevention, including public service announcements, compliance checks for alcohol retailers, and educating teens and their parents about the risks of underage drinking. Renee is a youth representative to the Mayor's Alliance on Substance Abuse and the Fayette County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy, the two sponsors of the YCAE. She has also been honored as the 2012 MADD KY Youth of the Year.

Next Generation Learning Challenges, an initiative dedicated to improving college readiness and completion, has awarded a grant to Fayette County Public Schools for its STEAM Academy, which will emphasize personalized, blended learning at the secondary and postsecondary levels. The district will receive $150,000 in pre-launch planning grants and is eligible for up to $300,000 in one-to-one matching funds.

The STEAM Academy is a ground-breaking partnership between FCPS and UK that will try to dramatically improve college readiness, maximize student learning and close achievement gaps using mastery learning, personalized instruction, internships and dual/college credit opportunities to ensure accelerated growth in skills and knowledge staked to the Common Core standards. The program is expected to launch in August.

■ Lexington native Mattie Toma, a student at the University of Chicago, has been named as a participant in the White House Internship Program for the fall session.

Interns work in one of several White House departments, including the offices of the chief of staff, communications, the first lady and the vice president.

Susan McVey, a child guidance specialist at Crawford Middle School, is the 2012 Kentucky Building Assessment Coordinator of the Year. She received the award during an annual workshop sponsored by the Kentucky Association for Assessment Coordinators, which met Oct. 22-23 at the Galt House in Louisville.

"It's a hard job, but I love testing, and that's the big piece for me. If you love something, you put extra time into it and do it well," said McVey, who has been the BAC at Crawford for six years.

Colleagues nominated her for the statewide honor last spring.

McVey has worked in Fayette County Public Schools for nearly 20 years, with stints at Johnson and Julius Marks elementaries, Bryan Station High and now Crawford. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Judson College in Alabama and a master's degree in social work and Rank 1 at UK.

■ University Press of Kentucky author William E. Ellis has been named the recipient of a 2012 Kentucky History Award given by the Kentucky Historical Society for his book A History of Education in Kentucky.

The Kentucky History Awards recognize outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, communities and historical organizations throughout the commonwealth.

The award will be presented at the Kentucky History Celebration at the Old State Capitol in Frankfort at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

In A History of Education in Kentucky, Ellis illuminates the successes and failures of public and private education in the commonwealth since its settlement.


■ UK recently opened the Center for Autism Spectrum Evaluation, Service and Research as part of the College of Education's department of educational, school and counseling psychology.

CASPER will provide psychological services and support for children, youth and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Lisa Ruble, an associate professor in the department, serves as co-director of the clinic, along with Jonathan Campbell, a new faculty member in the college who will also serve as head of diagnostic services in the spring.

An open house for CASPER will be 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. The clinic is at 641 Maxwelton Court. There will be opportunities to meet the clinicians and faculty, tour the clinic and learn about its different services.

Please RSVP by calling (859) 257-1381 or email

For more information about CASPER or autism research at UK, visit

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