Katie Punsly, a second-year educator teaching Reading Enrichment at Lassiter Middle School, has been named a Kentucky Hope Street Group Fellow. Selected annually via a rigorous application process, Kentucky Hope Street Fellows act as the spokespeople for their peers regarding statewide education policy development and implementation. By vocalizing educator feedback on policy to Kentucky’s Department of Education, Fellows bridge the gap between policy-makers and the practitioners who implement their decisions.
Katie heard about the Hope Street Group Fellow opportunity through Teach Kentucky veteran educators who have participated in the program. Her interest in local and state governance was ignited as soon as she became an educator. She writes, “It was only recently that I realized how impactful teacher leaders are at the district and state level. I applied for Hope Street Group because I understand what a critical time this is for education policy and I want to make sure that these new policies do what is best for our students and schools.”
Katie is the third Teach Kentucky educator to be named a Fellow. Sarah Yost, a middle school educator in her twelfth year, was a member of Kentucky’s inaugural group of fellows. Andrew Beaver was selected for the 2015 fellowship class. He teaches math at Olmsted Academy North.