▪ Three employees in Fayette County Public Schools were recognized at the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s District 7 fall meeting held Aug. 29 at the University of Kentucky’s College of Fine Arts. Lisse Lawson of Rosa Parks was tapped as District 7’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Sherry Baker of Crawford was named Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Kim Lyon took home the Outstanding Administrator Award.
Lawson is a music teacher, Baker is a band director, and Lyon is the strategic partnerships manager for Fayette County Public Schools. They will be nominated for statewide awards, which will be presented at the annual professional development conference Feb. 8-11 in Louisville.
▪ The following Fayette County Public Schools students have been chosen for the eight-month-long Leadership Lexington Youth Program, which encourages high school juniors to interact with community leaders and explore career and business opportunities, and post-secondary options.
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Bryan Station High School: Sidney Bibbs, Simone Bibbs, Karishma Srinivasan and Drake Witt
Carter G. Woodson Academy: Zion Walker
Henry Clay High School: Shelby Amato, Ella Franklin, Nick Joseph, Charlotte Kessinger, Ellie Phillips, Kassidy Stumbo, Colton Warner and Alex Welch
Lafayette High School: Kasey Fields, Chris Giuliani, John Giuliani, Sarah Gleeson, Abby Holthaus and Erin Remley
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Emma Draper, Akhil Kesaraju, Rohith Kesaraju, David Ma, Flor Mucino and Julia Radhakrishnan
STEAM Academy: Claire Page
Tates Creek High School: Caroline Dunson, Ellen Harrington, Sarah Hornback, Hannah Isa, Eliana Shapere, Lauren Skidmore and Kendra Thomas
▪ The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education is hosting its annual learning conference for educators and the public Sept. 23-24 at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown. Pre-conference experiences on Sept. 22 will launch the event, with a focus on regional attractions, including Kentucky’s only national fish hatchery, a National Natural Landmark, and a nonprofit nature center run primarily by high school students.
This year’s conference promotes excellence in environmental education, with a focus on innovative learning strategies, professional development opportunities, new directions and research, and unique methods of making learning through the environment relevant to adults, teachers and students. For more information, go to Kaee.org/conference or contact Ashley Hoffman at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-214-0587.
▪ Scott County High School students can earn college credit for free. The dual credit scholarship program allows high school students in Kentucky to take college classes and earn both high school and college credit at the same time. Students can earn up to nine college credit hours at no cost as part of this program. To find out more, contact Scott County High School guidance counselors at 502-863-4131.
▪ Wes Harrison, a former doctoral student in agricultural economics at UK, has returned to chair the UK Department of Community and Leadership Development in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
On Aug. 1, Harrison took over leadership of the multi-disciplinary department that includes community education, communications, development and leadership, sociology and agriculture education.