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Avery Cole was elected to serve as the 2024-2025 Kentucky FFA State Vice President.

Avery was one of 23 candidates who ran for state officer across the Commonwealth.

South Warren graduate Avery Cole was elected to serve as the 2024-2025 Kentucky FFA State Vice President. Avery is the daughter of Jason and Lacey Cole of Bowling Green. Avery is a member of the South Warren FFA chapter where her advisors are Thomas Poole, Robin Dalton and Hunter-Anne Julian.

Avery was one of 23 candidates who ran for state officer across the Commonwealth. She completed an application and interview process. She was selected by a Nominating Committee made up of graduating senior FFA members and elected unanimously by the delegate body.

State FFA Officers commit to a year of service to the organization. State Officers complete extensive training following their election. They travel several thousand miles representing the State Association at local and regional FFA events, agricultural meetings, and various other functions across the state. Their year of service will conclude during the 96th State FFA Convention which will be held June 10-12, 2025 in Lexington.

Kentucky FFA is an organization of over 23,500 middle and high school students enrolled in Agricultural Education courses. The organization currently has 176 chapters in 116 counties. Nationally, FFA has over 1 million members in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. 

Shane Baker (KY '23) receives his $25,000 prize from Lowell Milken (left), Milken Educator Awards founder and Milken Family Foundation chairman and co-founder, and Mike Milken, president and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation.

Following their surprise notifications in October, 2023 Kentucky recipients Shane Baker and Jacob Ball received their unrestricted $25,000 cash prizes from Milken Educator Awards Founder Lowell Milken and Milken Family Foundation Co-Founder and President Mike Milken.

Santa Monica, Calif., (June 12, 2024) — Welcome to sunny Los Angeles! The 2023 class of Milken Educator Award recipients were greeted by public fanfare as they touched down in Southern California last week for a national forum held at UCLA June 5-7. Hailing from across the country, these educators gathered for the first time to walk the red-carpet, participate in powerful professional development opportunities, and to “Celebrate, Elevate and Activate” the American K-12 teaching profession.

 

Following their surprise notifications in October, 2023 Kentucky recipients Shane Baker and Jacob Ball received their unrestricted $25,000 cash prizes from Milken Educator Awards Founder Lowell Milken and Milken Family Foundation Co-Founder and President Mike Milken.

 

“We are gathered to celebrate the achievements of 2023’s Milken Educators – those who have harnessed the potential to effect significant change and inspire their students to positively impact the course of our nation and the world,” said Lowell Milken. “Through the Milken Educator Award, we celebrate their achievements, elevate their practice with powerful professional development opportunities, and activate their capacity to make an indelible mark on the profession at large. We hope they will inspire many other talented young people to follow their lead and become teachers, administrators and specialists committed to blazing a path for future generations.”

 

This year’s Forum theme, “Unleashing Educator Leadership,” sparked a networking opportunity unlike any other: The 2023 recipients met with veteran Milken Educators and education leaders from across the country to begin their lifetime membership to the national Milken Educator network. Recipients learned about powerful mentoring opportunities through the Milken Family Foundation to expand their leadership and impact and to strengthen the Milken Educator Network within their home states.

 

In 2023-24, 68 Milken Educators were surprised with their respective Awards at all-school assemblies as part of the Milken Family Foundation’s Journey to the 3,000th Milken Educator. 2024 will reach $75 million in individual financial prizes spanning the length of the initiative and more than $144 million invested in the Milken Educator Award national network overall.

For interviews with Shane Baker and Jacob Ball regarding their experiences at the Forum, national recognition, or plans for their continued impact on education, please contact Media Relations Coordinator Sydnee Flotron at (310) 570-4773 or sflotron@mff.org.

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Visit MilkenEducatorAwards.org or call the Milken Family Foundation at (310) 570-4772 for more information.

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About the Milken Educator Awards
The first Milken Educator Awards were presented by the Milken Family Foundation in 1987. Created by philanthropist and education visionary Lowell Milken, the Awards provide public recognition and individual financial rewards of $25,000 to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and specialists from around the country who are furthering excellence in education. Recipients are heralded in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. The Milken Family Foundation celebrates more than 40 years of elevating education in America and around the world. Learn more at MFF.org.

Dr. Deanese Jameson named winner of 2024 David Karem Award for Excellence in Education Policy.

“Education, policy development and the law have always been passions of mine. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life and continuously challenge myself to do more so that I can, in turn, better serve my community."

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Longtime educator Dr. Deanese Jameson was named recipient of the eighth-annual David Karem Award for Excellence in Education Policy during the Kentucky Board of Education’s (KBE’s) regular meeting on June 6.

Dr. Jameson, a teacher at Greenwood High School, was recognized for her leadership role in policy development at the local and state level.

The Karem Award for Excellence in Education Policy – which honors former KBE member and state legislator David Karem – is given annually to state policymakers, education leaders or citizens who have contributed to the improvement of education by serving on national commissions, task forces or other significant boards and organizations. Recipients demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made an impact on education policy and the educational system. They also exhibit a commitment to collaborate with different stakeholders.

Dr. Jameson said she was surprised and honored to be chosen for the recognition.

“Education, policy development and the law have always been passions of mine,” she said. “I enjoy working with people from all walks of life and continuously challenge myself to do more so that I can, in turn, better serve my community. I recently was accepted to the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, which I hope to put to good use advocating for our students.”

During her 20 years in education, Dr. Jameson has demonstrated her leadership skills in policy development by assuming roles designed to help increase educational opportunities for students, such as serving as a delegate for the Warren Education Association and the Kentucky Education Association (KEA). She is a member of the KEA Constitutional Compliance Committee and one of two KEA representatives at Greenwood.

At the school level, Dr. Jameson submitted a proposal to the school-based decision making council in 2007 to build up the law enforcement curriculum and provide opportunities for students to positively interact with law enforcement. She proposed and has taught Criminology, Law and Justice, and Popular Culture and Law classes.

“My law classes have become extremely popular among students, ranging from high-performing to low-functioning students,” she said.

A few years ago, Dr. Jameson turned a personal tragedy into a catalyst to reach other students. After the 2014 death of her son due to a drunken driver, she formed her school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club.

“I wanted to help my students understand that no one starts out saying they want to become a drunk driver and kill someone,” Dr. Jameson said.

Taking that message to another step, she became a motivational speaker. Dr. Jameson has spoken at mock crash events before prom to help students realize the impact drunk driving has on families, both those who have lost loved ones due to injuries and those who lost loved ones because of incarceration.

Jameson has been involved in establishing and coaching the first Warren County Mock Trial Team at Greenwood High School. She also collaborated with the Western Kentucky University Mock Trial team and local judicial leaders – like Warren County District Court Judge Kim Geoghegan and the Commonwealth attorney's office – to provide students enrichment activities, such as attending court, touring the jail and bringing in community leaders for guest speaking events.

Many of Dr. Jameson’s former students have pursued careers in law as lawyers and police officers.

That work has not gone unnoticed. She was recognized for helping students make informed choices for career opportunities with the 2023 U.S. Navy Influencer Impact Award.

In 2017, Jameson decided she wanted to help her students become better readers and writers, so she enrolled in the Literacy Program at Murray State University, graduating with her doctorate in 2020. She has since revamped her classes to help promote reading and conducted professional development opportunities to address reading across the content areas.

After finishing her doctorate, Dr. Jameson finished writing a young adult science fiction novel, “Mirror Image: Gemini Wars,” to help encourage her students to read more.

“One of my most cherished memories is when a refugee student told me my book was the first book he had ever owned,” she said. “I knew then I was helping change my student's lives.”

Robin Fields Kinney, Kentucky’s interim commissioner of education, said Jameson encompasses the spirit and intent of the award.

“Dr. Jameson advocates for all students to ensure they have the educational opportunities to move forward and be successful,” said Kinney. “She uses her skills as an educator and her personal experiences to show students the life-changing impact decisions can make in their lives and the lives of others.”

Josh Porter selected as next Warren Elementary principal 

“I'm excited for the chance to lead Warren Elementary School again. My 12 years at the school have been some of my most cherished times during my career. I thoroughly enjoyed my previous service to the students, staff, and community and can't wait to get back to work with them."

The Warren County Public Schools district is proud to announce Mr. Josh Porter as the next principal of Warren Elementary.

 

Since 2019, Mr. Porter has served as an assistant principal of Bowling Green High School where he was responsible for 11th and 12th-grade students and schoolwide safety and facilities. Before that, Mr. Porter was an administrator at Warren Elementary for 12 years, serving nine of the 12 years as lead principal. While at Warren Elementary, he focused on the social, emotional and academic needs of all students through building relationships with families and community partners to remove barriers and expand student learning opportunities. Prior to pursuing school leadership, Mr. Porter also served as a business teacher at Warren Central High School.

 

Mr. Rob Clayton, Superintendent of Warren County Public Schools, states, “Mr. Porter’s leadership experience as a building level leader, combined with his love for the Warren Elementary school community, gives me great confidence in Mr. Porter’s ability to successfully transition our students and staff into a brand new facility in the fall of 2025. Mr. Porter’s experience at the high school level over the past five years will serve him well in his return to Warren Elementary, and we look forward to seeing the continued growth of our students under his exemplary leadership.”

 

After the announcement, Mr. Porter said, “I'm excited for the chance to lead Warren Elementary School again. My 12 years at the school have been some of my most cherished times during my career. I thoroughly enjoyed my previous service to the students, staff, and community and can't wait to get back to work with them. Exciting times are ahead with the new building and I'm grateful for the opportunity. I would like to thank Mr. Clayton and the school’s advisory leadership team for placing their confidence in me. I am prepared to get to work and focus on moving the needle forward for our students.”

 

Mr. Porter earned a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration (Principalship Level I and II), Rank I - Supervisor of Instruction (Level I and II) and Director of Pupil Personnel certification (Level I and II) from Western Kentucky University.  

 

Mr. Porter will assume his new responsibilities on July 1, 2024.

Dr. Cody Rich Named Principal of IMPACT Center for Leadership and Innovation

Since July 2022, Dr. Rich has served as the principal of Jennings Creek Elementary School.

The Warren County Public Schools District is proud to announce Dr. Cody Rich as the first principal of the IMPACT Center for Leadership and Innovation. 

 

Since July 2022, Dr. Rich has served as the principal of Jennings Creek Elementary School. He is a known culture builder; in his first two years as principal, Jennings Creek Elementary obtained FranklinCovey Leader in Me Lighthouse status, researched and incorporated new educational trends and instructional strategies to optimize education effectiveness, and cultivated positive relationships between community members, students and teachers. 

 

Prior to being hired as the principal, Dr. Rich was the assistant principal of Warren Central High School, where he supervised and evaluated teaching and support staff, provided administrative support and leadership for school operations, and championed school-wide social-emotional learning initiatives. Dr. Rich has also served as a high school biology teacher, varsity boys head and assistant basketball coach, varsity girls head basketball coach and varsity head track coach. Since June 2020, through Western Kentucky University, Dr. Rich has also been a mentor for aspiring principal candidates.

 

Stated Mr. Rob Clayton, Superintendent of Warren County Public Schools, "Dr. Rich's experience as a school administrator, teacher and coach will serve him well as he transitions into the IMPACT Center for Leadership and Innovation principal position. His leadership experience at both the elementary and secondary level, as well as his success in building community and industry partnerships resulting in expanded student learning opportunities, provides him a unique lens to lead the IMPACT Center. His passion and belief in all students is contagious and his tremendous work ethic will be instrumental in developing this state-of-the-art Center. Cody understands the importance of developing positive relationships and cultivating an inspiring culture for students, faculty and staff members and I am confident in his commitment to ensuring safety, achievement, and opportunities for all."  

 

Upon learning of his selection as principal, Dr. Rich said, “I am truly honored and thrilled to be named the first principal of the Impact Center for Leadership and Innovation. This unique opportunity allows me to bring my passion for transformative education and servant leadership to a pioneering institution dedicated to shaping future leaders. I look forward to working with a dynamic team as well as community partners to create an environment that fosters innovation, critical thinking, and leadership skills in our students. Together, we will cultivate a community where every student is empowered to make a meaningful impact on the world. I am excited to embark on this journey and contribute to the groundbreaking work at the Impact Center. I would like to thank Mr. Rob Clayton and the hiring committee for believing in me as we continue to work with stakeholders to accomplish many great things to best serve our students.”

 

While at Western Kentucky University, Dr. Rich earned his Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership (2022), a Rank 1 in Educational Administration (2019), a Masters of Arts in Secondary Education (2016), and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry (2014). He is also expected to obtain his Superintendent Certification in August 2024.   

 

Dr. Rich will assume his new responsibilities on July 1, 2024.