Teach Kentucky continues full steam ahead as we transition to a new COVID 19 normal.

This week we are excited to virtually welcome 48 new cohorts to the Teach Kentucky family. These bright faces pictured below represent some of the most talented, bright young teaching talent in the nation. After receiving more than 450 applications, this new class of 48 represent 39 colleges and universities across 23 states. Twenty-four percent of them identify as a person of color, 25% have a special education focus and nearly half will teach in a STEM content area. For a full look at this bright, young talent check out the full roster here.

As we welcome our new class, we also are looking ahead to the upcoming school year and want to share with you the focused and impactful work we continue to lead with our amazing education talent:

  • Our new cohorts began their Summer Institute and their initial graduate courses this week and will wrap up in mid-July.
  • The Summer Institute concentrates on preparing them for their future with Teach Kentucky, as well as culturally preparing them for teaching in Kentucky because the majority of them come from out-of-state and places like California to Massachusetts and everywhere in-between.
  • They will arrive in person July 13, one month before the 2020-2021 school year begins.
  • Twelve cohort members will be preparing for positions in Special Education, filling a deep hiring need for local school districts.
  • Additionally, several received advance hire contracts from our partner, Jefferson County Public Schools, because of their eligibility to teach STEM content or Special Education. They are providing much needed skills for a talent gap in these specialty areas.
  • We are looking for community ambassadors to help connect them with all that Louisville has to offer, especially during this time when we are still practicing social distancing and slowly opening up our beautiful city. If you are interested in being a virtual ambassador, please contact Rowan Claypool at Rowan@TeachKentucky.com.

This upcoming fall, we hope to celebrate with you in person and finally get a chance to catch up with you. If our Louisville community’s health continues to improve, we will host a supporter reception in September, after Labor Day and the rescheduled Kentucky Derby. Please look forward to that event. There will be more updates before the summer’s end.

We hope you and your families, friends and colleagues are staying safe. Please stay in touch with us.

With much gratitude,

Rowan Claypool

Dr. Nancy Martin
Board Chair


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