PAY FOR WHAT YOU NEED AND WANT
For a fraction of the cost of other organizations, KAPE offers DOUBLE the liability coverage! For $200/year you receive $2 million in liability coverage and other benefits. PLUS, if need for legal representation arises in an employment dispute or threat to your licensure through referral to EPSB, you will have GUARANTEED legal representation until the incident is resolved. With KAPE, you can love your school and your wallet!
2020 Finalist for the Sanford Teacher Award
Congratulations to KAPE member, Contessa Harris, who is a first grade teacher at Glenn Marshall Elementary School, and is Kentucky’s finalist for the 2020 Sanford Teacher Award. She is now eligible to be named the national winner of the Sanford Teacher Award.
Ms. Harris earned her bachelor and master’s degrees at EKU and has mentored many of EKU’s future teachers.
Ms. Harris recently began her 15th year teaching in the Madison County School District. She lives on a family farm with her husband Greg, and twin daughters Kyla and Shayla. Congratulations, Contessa and good luck!
KAPE Excellence in Leadership 2020 Award Recipients
KAPE's Executive Director, Donna House (pictured far right), along with KAPE's Director of Marketing and Promotions, Jennie S. Watkins (pictured far left) and Justin Akers, Counselor at Betsey Lane High School (pictured second from the right) join KAPE in presenting this award annually to an excellent superintendent who exemplifies great leadership. This year’s recipient is Floyd County Superintendent, Danny Adkins, (pictured second from the left). Mr. Adkins is well deserving of this award and was selected from a pool of highly qualified nominees for his strong leadership skills, as an administrator. Congratulations, Mr. Danny Adkins!
Landon Howard Bond Memorial Excellence in Leadership Award Principal
In 2019 KAPE's Board of Directors awarded their first Excellence in Leadership Awards. Principal Brian Bond of Laurel County was the first recipient of the principal's award. He has served as principal of Hunter Hills Elementary for over 10 years. In early fall of 2019, just a few months after receiving the award, Mr. Bond's son, Landon, died tragically. He was a track and field athlete attending Berea College whose life was cut short unexpectedly. He was going to be a fourth generation educator.
KAPE's Board of Directors, (board president, Doug Wilson pictured far left), along with Mr. Bond (pictured second from the left) and Landon's mother, Brooke Deaton, (pictured far right), join KAPE in presenting this award annually to an excellent principal in memory of their son. This year’s recipient is Jonathan Defevers, (pictured second from the right). He is principal at Lone Jack School Center in Bell County. Jonathan is well deserving of this award and was selected from a pool of highly qualified nominees for his strong leadership skills, as an administrator. He is married to Tiffany Helton Defevers and they have one daughter, Eden. Congratulations, Jonathan!
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.
Congratulations to KAPE member, Mary Buzzard,
Our newest National Board Certified Teacher.
Mary Buzzard has been a part of our NBCT mentorship program for two years in order to certify. We are proud of her accomplishment.
KAPE member, Dr. James Davis, wins
Innovation and Excellence in Educational Leadership Award
Laurel County educator, Dr. James Davis, principal of the Center for Innovation and proud KAPE member, was recognized at the State of Education address given by Commissioner of Education, Dr. Wayne Lewis with the Innovation of Excellence in Education Leadership Award. Congratulations!
KAPE TEACHER WINS PRESIDENTIAL AWARD
Congratulations to KAPE member Deborah Brock from Kenton County for winning the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching!
Deborah “Debbie” Brock has been an educator for 28 years and is currently the Academic Program Consultant for Kenton County Schools. She spent 17 years teaching 11th-grade Accelerated Chemistry, 12th-grade Advanced Placement Chemistry, and 12th-grade Physics at Simon Kenton High School. Previously, Debbie taught at South Junior High School and Henderson County High School.
Debbie shares her love of chemistry through demonstrations. She believes that strong teaching begins with innovative professional development. To this end, she has presented professional development for her district and has served as a teacher leader in the Northern Kentucky Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics Chemistry Alliance. She is a member of the Kentucky Science Teachers Association and served on its board of directors for nine years, including the executive board as president in 2017 and conference chair in 2018.
Debbie participated in writing through-course-tasks, a component of the state Science Assessment System. She also evaluated student work on through-course-tasks, providing exemplars for teachers across the state.
Debbie earned a B.A. in education from the University of Kentucky and a M.A. in education from Western Kentucky University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in adolescent and young adult science. She is certified in secondary mathematics and chemistry.
KDE ANNOUNCES RENEWABLE LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM FOR FUTURE KENTUCKY TEACHERS
(FRANKFORT, KY) – In a news conference on Thursday, Jan. 24, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced the launch of the Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching (KAET), a renewable loan forgiveness program designed to identify and prepare effective, experienced and diverse public educators in the Commonwealth. Through the program, KAET participants will receive financial support and complete an Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB)-approved teacher education program in conjunction with ongoing mentorship by experienced Kentucky educators.
The program is funded by a $1 million per year allocation in the 2018 Kentucky state budget for educator quality and diversity through the teacher recruitment and retention program.
“Ensuring that Kentucky students have access to a diverse, highly quality, effective teacher workforce is a high priority for me and KDE,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis. “There is no single school factor more important to the success of students than having an effective classroom teacher. KAET will be instrumental in recruiting more talented young people and experienced professionals into the teaching profession who mirror the incredible diversity of our state. It also will provide additional support to those preservice teachers as they prepare to serve students.”
KAET emphasizes the development of knowledge, skills and competencies identified in the Kentucky Teacher Performance Standards and the Kentucky Framework for Teaching. It is a renewable loan forgiveness program designed to provide financial support and mentoring to pre-service teachers who are enrolled in teacher preparation and/or certification programs at public state universities.
Undergraduate students enrolled in educator preparation programs can receive up to $5,000 per semester for up to four semesters over the course of three academic years and receive no more than $20,000 total. They must be enrolled in an educator preparation program or have an application on file with a public Kentucky university.
Students in an initial certification master’s educator preparation programs are eligible to receive up to $2,500 per semester for up to four semesters over the course of three academic years and receive no more than $10,000 total. They must be admitted to a MAT educator preparation program or have an application on file with a public Kentucky university. The MAT option is limited to students participating in initial certification, option six, educator preparation programs. Support for other alternative certification programs are under development and will be available soon.
Candidates for the program must demonstrate:
• A willingness to participate fully in KAET and be mentored as
• A commitment to the success of diverse students through
• A high level of energy, determination and perseverance to act
• A commitment to equity, integrity, collaboration and
• An ability to learn quickly, analyze and problem-solve; and
• A passion and long-term commitment to improving public
Participants of the program also will:
• Sign a Forgivable Loan Promissory Note agreeing to obtain a Kentucky teaching certificate in accordance with Title 16 of Kentucky Administrative Regulations and applicable statutes.
• Teach one semester for each semester or summer term funded by a KAET loan in one of Kentucky’s 1,200 public schools. Failure to satisfy this requirement will result in loan repayment at 6% APR.
• Repay the loan if a degree is not completed, if the student does not secure a teaching job following completion of the program, or changes their major field of study.
The student also is tasked with the responsibility of keeping the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority informed of their current contact information, change of school enrollment, reduction of credit hours or change in graduation date.
The application process requires submission of an application and verification of the following eligibility requirements:
1. Applicants must be a United States citizens and Kentucky residents as defined by 13 KAR 2:045.
2. Applicants must meet the character and fitness requirements of Kentucky’s EPSB and Kentucky’s Professional Code of Ethics.
3. Applicants must be enrolled or have a completed application with pending enrollment, in a public Kentucky university educator preparation program.
4. Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
a. Be a member of an underrepresented ethnic minority group;
b. Demonstrate financial need through receipt of Pell Grants or
c. Be a graduate of Kentucky School for the Blind or Kentucky
d. Be a former migratory agricultural worker or the child of a
e. Be a first-generation college student; or
f. Be a United States military veteran.
Applications for the program will be submitted to KDE for review. Candidates who qualify under multiple eligibility options will be given preference. The number of approved applications will be based upon qualifications and available funding. Eligibility requirements and an online application can be found at bit.ly/KAEToverview.C
SINCE YOU ASKED:
Our mission at KAPE is not to disrespect others, yell, attack, and blow smoke to hide the truth. We are not a union, and we do not function like a union. Our mission is to inform our members about what is really going on in events around them, and then to defend our members' right to protest, argue, ignore, or stand their ground. KAPE does not organize protests against the government and then violate state law and district policies by using school resources to stage a protest. We urge members to follow all regulations and policies when participating in legitimate rallies and protests. KAPE was present in Frankfort during the pension crisis meetings at the Pension Board, in legislative meetings, and on the Capitol grounds when protests were being launched. We did not abandon our members, nor did we remain silent. We informed our members of the TRUTH! We don't tell our members what to believe, think, or what to protest. We do not mislead them nor hide years of mismanagement at the Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees. KAPE supports saving all parts of the Kentucky Retirement Systems in a legal, financially sound manner. But we stand alone in our quest for TRUTH, and we will provide that to our members.
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!
KAPE IS POSITIVELY DIFFERENT
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.