KENTUCKY ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS
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KAPE Member Finalist for
KY Teacher of the Year
KAPE would like to congratulate Miranda Newland from
Raceland/Campbell Elementary for being a finalist for KY Teacher of the Year!
People sometimes see something in you that you have difficulty seeing in yourself. I am beyond grateful and blessed to have people like this in my life. I am so honored to have received this award. There are so many amazing and hard-working teachers out there that are as equally or even more so deserving than myself of such prestigious recognition. Even if I advance no further than this round, I am so humbled and encouraged.
It is my hope that with this new platform, I can convey how essential preschool is in partnering with families (the most influential individuals in a child’s life), and in cultivating social-emotional and pre-academic skills in our young children.
Preschool is not just a place to play, however, structured play is one of the most effective strategies we use to embed learning opportunities for young children. Everything is intentional from the materials we offer in content related centers to the questions we ask during free choice play.
It is very important to me that the community understands all of the wonderful benefits of early childhood education. In light of this most recent recognition, I am even more encouraged to continue serving my students, families, and community to the best of my ability.
KAPE 2021 Leadership Awards
Left to right
Brian Collier, Calloway Co Director of Transportation and KAPE Board Member, Josh McKeel, award recipient, and
Doug Wilson, retired teacher from Jackson Co and chair of the KAPE Board of Directors
The 2021 Excellence in Leadership Award for Superintendents was recently awarded to Josh McKeel of Calloway County, who serves as deputy superintendent, as well as Director of Pupil Personnel. Mr. McKeel has served as a teacher, football coach, athletic director, principal, bus driver, and food service worker in Calloway County, and was nominated by several members of his staff and faculty in his district. Congratulations to Mr. McKeel.
KAPE Congratulates Member Laurel Regnier!
Finalist for The Presidential Award for Excellence in
Mathematics and Science Teaching
Laurel Regnier earned a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from Christian Brothers University in Memphis and a master’s in Secondary Education in Chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University. This is her 11th year as a high school science teacher, and she has served at Lafayette High School in Lexington KY since 2014. Along with teaching Chemistry and Biology, Regnier is a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee, the school’s sustainability coordinator (since 2014), and sponsor for the Tabletop Role Playing Games Club (since 2015).
“The classroom was a different world when I first began my career as an educator in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1988. After a gap in my profession, I came back to the classroom to find education completely transformed by technology – and I have embraced every ‘byte’ of it,” Regnier said. “Each day I try spread a love of science to my students through live demonstrations and creative quirkiness. I look for new ways to connect with my high school students and build those relationships – sometimes by engaging in a science sing-a-long or through my class pet’s social media.”
KAPE Congratulates the 2021
Star Student/Teacher Mentor Scholarship Recipient
KAPE's Director of Field Services, Jennie S. Watkins (pictured far right), Lola Taylor, District Special Education Consultant for the Perry County School System, (pictured on the far left), and Jessica Skaggs, a KAPE member who teaches at West Perry Elementary,(second to the left) joins KAPE in presenting the Star Student/Mentor Scholarship to Isabella Skaggs (pictured second to the right.) Isabella lives in Hazard, KY with her parents Aric and Jessica Skaggs where she is a senior at Perry County Central High School. She has been a 4.0 honor student every semester of high school. Isabella is a member of The Perry County Central Commodore Players and attended the Governor's School for The Arts in drama. She will attend Morehead State University in the fall where she plans to pursue a major in Theatre Education and a minor in Spanish. Congratulations, Isabella!
Congratulations to KAPE's 2021
Student Teacher Scholarship Winner!
Student teacher winner Ashton Leet (left) from Campbellsville University. Ashton has been student teaching at Taylor County Primary. Presenting is KAPE's Director of Field Services, Jennie S. Watkins.
Congratulations to KAPE's 2021 Future Educators Scholarship Winners!
KAPE's winner for the 2021 Future Educators Scholarship is Abby Hinton. She is the daughter of Brent and Amy Hinton. Abby will be attending Western Kentucky University in the fall to study communication disorders to become a speech pathologist. Congratulations Abby!
Corbin Thomas Murphy was the recipient of the KAPE Future Educator scholarship for the 2020-21 year. Corbin is the son of Daryl and Michelle Murphy and attended Barren County High School. Corbin plans on attending Campbellsville University in the fall and majoring in Health/PE with the desire to teach and coach like both of his parents.
Congratulations to KAPE's 2021
Star Student/Mentor Scholarship Winner!
Star Student Scholarship winner from McCracken County High School Mason Wooten. Left to Right: KAPE's Director of Field Services, Jennie Watkins, Mason Wooten, and mentoring teacher Stephanie Hinz, who was also the recipient of a monetary award.
Congratulations to KAPE's 2021 Professional
Development Scholarship Winners!
Professional Development Scholarship winner Hannah Molen teaches at Ashland Middle School in Boyd County. Left to Right: Rhonda Irwin, her mother; Hannah and KAPE's Director of Field Services, Jennie Watkins
Professional Development Scholarship winner Shannon Richardson teaches at James Lane Allen in Fayette County. Congratulating her is Principal Mr. Greg Williams. Shannon Richardson is an instructor of English Language Learners in Fayette County. She holds a master’s degree in literacy from the University of Kentucky, an ELL endorsement from Georgetown College, and she is a National Board Certified teacher. Shannon has been teaching since 2001 and lives on a Scott County farm with her husband and four children.
Left to Right: KAPE's Director of Field Services, Jennie Watkins and scholarship winner, Hannah Lockhart.
Hannah currently teaches in Madison County. She is now pursuing a Master's in Education in Teacher Leadership with an Endorsement in English Second Language Instruction from the University of the Cumberlands.
Congratulations to KAPE's 2021 Family
Member Scholarship Winners!
Baylor Mattingly will be graduating from Lincoln County High School on May 28th. He will be attending Asbury University in the fall majoring in Mathematics/Engineering. At Asbury, he will also be running cross country/track and playing basketball. In 5 years, he hopes to obtain a job in civil engineering designing roads and bridges for the great state of Kentucky.
Left to Right: KAPE's Director of Field Services, Jennie Watkins and scholarship winner, Nancy Jane Jackson
Nancy Jane Jackson is the 19 year old daughter of Brent and Jenni Lou Jackson. She is excited to be attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, in the fall and will be working toward a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Digital Marketing and Advertising and a minor in Spanish.
The recent US Supreme Court decision in Janus means that public employees are no longer forced to join a union or to pay agency fees as a condition of their job. Employees must now "opt in" instead of the traditional "opt out" that has been required for years by some districts in the local collective bargaining contracts. If you have been forced to pay any agency fees to the union, KAPE is collaborating with independents in other states to attempt to recoup that money back to educators. Contact us with questions!
LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION AVAILABLE TO ALL TEACHERS
All teachers are eligible to apply for federal loan forgiveness. No union or association membership is necessary. You do not need a special tool other than a computer and a search engine. Here are a couple of sites where you can learn more about the process. Check it out! blog.ed.gov/2019/09/public-service-loan-forgiveness-tips/ and studentaid.ed.gov
Really, you do not need anything or anyone else to go-between for this program, as ALL teachers are eligible to apply. Keep your information private and your personal identifying data safe by not going through a "navigator" or other portals where you cannot be sure the information would not be collected by a third party. If you have questions, call your individual loan servicer.
WHO WE ARE
We are a professional organization for certified and classified staff in all Kentucky schools (public and private). KAPE offers double the liability insurance, legal representation, and representation in Frankfort for less than half the cost of other organizations. KAPE is NOT a UNION.