Jeremy Byrn, Scottsville High School (Allen County)
A 19-year veteran of the education profession, Jeremy Byrn has taught science at Allen County-Scottsville High School for 15 years. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Western Kentucky University, along with certification in Education Leadership, Education Administration, Leadership & Research. Byrn also has achieved National Board Certification.
He is head of the school Science Department and has mentored student teachers. Byrn recently led a district-wide professional-development forum on strategies supporting English language learners, and he is a reader for the Advanced Placement Program and Educational Testing Service. Byrn recently received the inaugural WKU Distinguished Educator Award and was voted Most Inspirational Teacher by graduating seniors in 2019 and 2020. His professional affiliations include Kentucky Science Olympiad and Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools.
Jared N. Criswell, Wayne County High School Jared N. Criswell has taught English at Wayne County High School throughout his 10-year teaching career. He earned a bachelor degree at Lindsey Wilson College, a master degree at the University of the Cumberlands and a second master degree at Morehead State University. Criswell has chaired the school English Department for three years. He recently mentored two new teachers, assisting them throughout all stages of classroom planning, execution and reflection, and providing feedback and support. He is a recipient of a Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award, and his professional affiliations include the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English and the Kentucky and National Education associations.
Christopher McCurry, Lafayette High School (Fayette County)Ten-year teaching veteran Christopher McCurry has taught English at Lafayette High School for 10 years. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Kentucky and a second master's degree at Vermont's Middlebury College. McCurry is working toward principalship certification at the University of Kentucky, for which he is exploring board games to see if they can increase retention of standards-based skills/engagement. McCurry co-leads Teachers for Equitable Kentucky Schools. He is a recipient of Fame and Teachers Who Make a Difference awards; nominated for both by students. His professional affiliations have included Next Generation Learners, the Kentucky/Fayette County Education associations, and the Bread Loaf Teaching Network.
Scott Osborn, Lawrence County High School
Scott Osborn has taught English at Lawrence County High School
throughout his 24-year career. He earned a bachelor's degree at
Eastern Kentucky and a master's degree at Morehead State. Osborn
serves as the school's English PLC leader and its writing leader. He
recently presented at the district learning conference Teaching
in the Inattentive World, sharing recent research on
attention-deficit conditions and strategies for dealing with them. Osborn also
served as assistant coach for the LCHS Academic Team for 10 years. He recently
was named High School Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Council of Teachers
of English/Language Arts and was a Grand Marshal for the 61st Kentucky
Governor's Inauguration Parade. He is a member of the Lawrence County
Organization of Teachers and the Kentucky Education Association.
Mary Margaret Slone, Floyd Central High School, (Floyd County)
24 year veteran educator Mary Margaret Slone has taught language arts at South Floyd High School and Floyd Central High School throughout her career. She earned a bachelor's degree at Berea College, a master's degree at Morehead State and has achieved National Board Certification. Slone partnered with peers in conducting story exchanges between students and teachers to expedite the building of school culture. She also provides professional development in reading strategies for the district. As a Narrative 4 master practitioner, Slone trained and presented at multi-state venues. Combining her work with Narrative 4 and the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, she is creating/facilitating a model that will increase instructional strategies and elevate student engagement. She is a member of the Kentucky and National Education associations.
Ashley Woodruff, McCracken High School (McCracken County)
With 16 years of teaching experience, Ashley Woodruff has taught family
and consumer sciences at McCracken County High School for five years. She
earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of
Kentucky and is working toward National Board Certification. Woodruff heads the
school's culinary program and mentors a new FCS teacher. She
presented at five Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education
conferences and has received Kentucky Association of Teachers of Family and
Consumer Sciences Outstanding Educator and Elite 50 Culinary and Hospitality
Programs awards. She also is a member of the National Association of Teachers
of Family and Consumer Sciences; the Association for Career and Technical
Education; and the McCracken County/Kentucky Education associations.
Lori Knapp Lindsey, Ignite Institute (Boone County)
With nine years in teaching, Lori Knapp-Lindsay has taught English at
the Ignite Institute for a year. She earned bachelor's and
master's degrees at Northern Kentucky University. In addition to her
role as college coordinator, she is a member of Ignite's Problem
Solving Team and Dual Credit Task Force. Knapp-Lindsay is a: Broadcast Suite
trainer; CERT peer creator/presenter; teacher-partner with students pursuing
teaching careers; and a Cincinnati Art Academy Program participant/grant
recipient. She is a Boone County District ambassador, an Extended School
Services coordinator and has long supported Young Women LEAD conferences.
Knapp-Lindsay also serves as a Gateway Dual Credit instructor, and her students
consistently earn writing awards. She is a member of the Boone County/National
Education associations and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Scott Wade, Newcomer Academy (Jefferson County)
An 18-year teaching veteran, Scott Wade has chaired the English Department at the ESL Newcomer Academy for five years. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Indiana University and Chinese Language certification at Hangzhou University. Wade achieved National Board Certification and mentors NBCT candidates. He coached the 2020 third-place Newcomer Aspen Challenge Team and leads the Explorer Club. Wade served as a Spalding University instructor, New Teacher Induction panelist, an Interdisciplinary Team lead and SBDM member. He led professional training for the Louisville Writing Project and Technoversity, and he co-authored an article published in INTESOL. Wade is a 2020 cohort of the Louisville Welcome Academy sponsored by the Metro Government Office for Globalization and a 2019-20 cohort of Classroom Teachers Enacting Positive Solutions. He received a JCPS Superintendent's Distinguished Service Award and an Alumni of Excellence Award from the IUSE* School of Education, where he's on the Graduate Reading Advisory Board.