Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Julie Hale. Ms. Hale teaches 5th grade ELA and social studies on Team Imagine. Ms. Hale says, “I love working at Baker because I love being with the students every day. I get the opportunity to teach these kids not only reading and social studies but how to be the best version of themselves they can be! An added bonus of working at Baker is the amazing staff. They truly love what they do, and working with such inspiring people makes Baker a great place to work.”
Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Sarah Dreisbach. Mrs. Dreisbach is a 6th grade collaboration teacher on Team Succeed. Mrs. Dreisbach says, “The best part about teaching at Baker is all of the fantastic students. Even when faced with challenges, Baker students always strive for success. I love teaching the Bulldogs and helping them reach their goals!”
Veronica Weitlauf, Baker Intermediate
Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Veronica Weitlauf. Mrs. Weitlauf is a 6th grade collaboration teacher on team Achieve. Mrs. Weitlauf says, “My favorite part of this job is seeing the happiness on students' faces when they experience success in the classroom. I love that students feel engaged and ask good questions; it shows me that they are thinking about what they are learning. I love the familial atmosphere here at Baker. I love that Baker is a school of inclusion where every single student knows they are welcomed and cared for!”
Heather Crowl, Baker Intermediate
Henry E. Baker Sr. Intermediate School and Clark County Public Schools would like to salute BIS Reading Interventionist, Ms. Heather Crowl. Heather has been instrumental in helping develop and strengthen the RTI Program at BIS over the past two years. Always helpful and supportive of students and teachers, Ms. Crowl is willing to do whatever necessary for our students and school to achieve their goals. Heather works with struggling readers and gets astonishing results! We proudly salute our Baker Bulldog, Ms. Heather Crowl!
Jill Patrick, Baker Intermediate & Conkwright Elementary
Baker Intermediate School and CCPS would like to recognize Mrs. Jill Patrick. Mrs. Patrick serves as the speech therapist for BIS and Conkwright Elementary. She is a top-notch educator and is greatly respected by students and staff alike. Often behind the scenes, Mrs. Patrick works hard daily to service and better the lives of the children of Clark County. BIS thanks and salutes Mrs. Patrick!
Stacey Moore, Baker Intermediate
Baker Intermediate and CCPS would like to recognize Mrs. Stacey Moore. Mrs. Moore teaches fifth grade Math and Science at Baker Intermediate School. She is a team player who is always willing to do what's best for her students, and she is a vital part of the Baker Bulldog family!
Jill Brinegar, Preschool
Clark County Preschool and CCPS proudly salute Preschool Teacher Jill Brinegar. Jill has been with Clark County Preschool since 2008. Outside of teaching, she is an active member of the Preschool Curriculum Committee, serves as a Team Leader on her PLC Team, and is the Preschool Toyota Born Learning Coordinator. “I truly enjoy teaching the earliest learners of Clark County," says Jill. "As a classroom teacher, I have high expectations for every student and I am focused on maintaining a positive and safe environment. I look forward to working with the families I serve and building a strong and positive relationship between school and home."
Michele Amos, Preschool
Clark County Preschool and CCPS proudly salute Preschool Teacher Michele Amos. Michele has been with KY River Foothills Head Start for 11 years. Outside of her daily teaching responsibilities, she is an active member of the Preschool Curriculum Committee, serves as a Team Leader on her PLC Team, and is the Center Director at the Generation Center. “Early Childhood Education is my passion," she says. "I believe children are our future and we (as a community) need to mold them and shape them into the citizens we want them to become. I feel that all children deserve love, compassion, and a helping hand. Therefore, each and every child that steps into my classroom will be loved, protected, and taught the skills they need to become successful members of society today and years from now.”
Lauri Smith, Preschool
Clark County Preschool and CCPS proudly salute Preschool Teacher Lauri Smith. Lauri has been with the Preschool for 10 years. She is an active member of the Preschool Curriculum Committee and serves as a Team Leader on her PLC Team. “My goal as a teacher is to provide my students with a positive environment where they feel safe to explore, initiate their own learning, and feel free to express themselves," she states. "In my classroom, I provide opportunities so that my students are supported as they learn about their strengths while working on their weaknesses."
Cindy Ringer, Preschool
Clark County Preschool and CCPS proudly salute Preschool Teacher Cindy Ringer. Cindy has been teaching in Clark County since 2004. Outside of teaching, she is an active member of the Preschool Community Involvement and Public Relations Committee and is a local University/College Practicum Teacher. “I believe that all children can learn," she says, "and I am here to help them become the best they can be! I love my work and I enjoy working with children because they are like raw diamonds that I can shape into precious stones. I like to see how much they learn and change during their school year and throughout the years.”
Kathy Grawe, Preschool
Clark County Preschool and CCPS proudly salute Preschool Teacher Kathy Grawe. Kathy has been with the Preschool since 1983. Outside of teaching, she is an active member of the Preschool Climate Equity and Safety Committee. “I believe that an exceptional early childhood classroom is a room where children learn while feeling safe, loved, and accepted," she says. "I want to engage every child in my class in interesting and fun activities that challenge them while giving them the support they need to be successful."
Andrea Bartholomew, Preschool
Clark County Preschool and CCPS proudly salute Preschool Teacher Andrea Bartholomew. "Mrs. B." has been with the Preschool for 10 years. She is an active member of the Preschool RTI Team and the Preschool Public Relations and Community Involvement Committee, and she serves as a Team Leader, as well. Mrs. B is a valued member of the Preschool family and is always willing to go above and beyond for her students and their families. Thank you, Mrs. B! Go Baby Cards!
Carrie Campbell, Baker Intermediate
Baker Intermediate School and Clark County Public Schools would like to recognize sixth grade Language Arts Teacher, Carrie Campbell. A six year teaching veteran, Carrie joined the Baker team this school year and has been a wonderful addition to the BIS Family! Mrs. Campbell is highly effective and engaging with her instruction. Carrie works hard to ensure that all of her students are making academic progress. A Lexington native, Mrs. Campbell now lives in Winchester with her husband. Keep up the good work, Mrs. Campbell!
Kari Thacker, Baker Intermediate School
Baker Intermediate and CCPS proudly salutes 6th Grade Collaboration teacher, Mrs. Kari Thacker. Kari has taught for 15 years and has worked 10 years within the Clark County Public Schools system. Mrs. Thacker is a founding member of BIS and taught previously at Fannie Bush, Strode Station and Justice Elementary Schools. As a Baker Bulldog, Mrs. Thacker has been an instrumental part of student and school success at BIS. Kari is a valued member of the BIS family and is always willing to go above and beyond to help students and her school achieve their goals. In addition to her teaching duties, Kari serves as Co-Head Coach for the Campbell Jr. High School Cheerleading Team. Thank you for your dedicated service to the children of Baker Intermediate and Clark County. Bravo, Mrs. Thacker!
Zach Ernst, Baker Intermediate Teacher
Baker Intermediate and CCPS would like to recognize Health and Physical Education teacher Zach Ernst. Zach is a founding member of the Baker Intermediate staff and serves as the school’s Intramural Coordinator, as well as the Practical Living Career Studies Program Review Coordinator. Mr. Ernst works tirelessly to ensure that students and staff are aware of the importance of staying physically active and practicing healthy habits. Currently, Zach is collaborating with other schools within the district to plan a county-wide health fair. Thanks for all you do, Mr. Ernst!
Katie Berner, Baker Intermediate
Baker Intermediate and CCPS would like to recognize sixth grade language arts teacher, Mrs. Katie Berner. A native of Lee County, Katie has worked in the Clark County Public School system for eight years. In the classroom, Mrs. Berner does what is necessary to ensure student success. One of Katie’s greatest strengths is her positive outlook and willingness to always help others. Mrs. Berner also serves as sixth grade Core Content Leader and co-sponsor of Baker Intermediate School’s upcoming school musical in the spring. We salute Mrs. Katie Berner!
Kara O'Rourke, Baker Intermediate
Baker Intermediate and CCPS would like to recognize sixth grade Math and Reading Teacher, Mrs. Kara O’Rourke, for her dedication to the students of Baker Intermediate. Kara is always willing “to go above and beyond” to ensure that her students are successful in the classroom. In addition to her teaching, Kara serves as a sixth grade team leader, as well as the co-sponsor of the Sole Sisters Club. BIS salutes Mrs. O!
Elizabeth Vallejo, Strode Station Elementary
Elizabeth Vallejo is a kindergarten teacher at Strode Station and has been selected as our “Teacher Feature” this week. She always goes above and beyond what is expected of her and is a natural leader in the building. She exhibits a tremendous amount of initiative. She and her assistant, Lisa Joseph, are running a fluid, productive, reading block and it’s due to their hard work that teaching small groups in her classroom is a success. She has high expectations for all of her students. We appreciate everything she does. She is a valuable asset to the Strode Station staff.
Jackie Estes, Conkwright Elementary
Ms. Estes is currently teaching 2nd grade at Conkwright. Up until that time she was a Reading Interventionist at Strode Station Elementary School. She began teaching at Odell Gross until it closed and then went to Strode Station. She has taught primarily in the 1st and 2nd grades. She substituted for 10 years and taught in Powell County for one year between subbing. She moved to Winchester when she was three years old. She attended Victory Heights (Odell Gross), Conkwright Middle School, and GRC. She was in the band and has a love for music but she doesn't play clarinet anymore. She went to UK for undergraduate and master's degree work. Her hobby is reading. Because of her daughter and her love for theater, she loves to go to plays. She has 2 children; Kelly is 30 and James is 25. She is married to Dennis who is an electrician.
Kelsey McCaffrey, Conkwright Elementary
Kelsey McCaffrey is new to Conkwright this year. She is her 2nd year of teaching and is currently teaching 4th grade in an English/ Language Arts rotation. She comes to us from Dixie Elementary where she taught 5th grade. She attended Notre Dame Academy in high school and the University of Kentucky for her Bachelor's degree in elementary education and Spanish. She grew up in Northern Kentucky and loves spending time with friends and her new kitten. She traveled to Spain in high school and loves the Kentucky Wildcats!
Meghan Sutton, Phoenix Academy
This is Mrs. Sutton's first year at Phoenix Academy; however, she has quickly become an essential part of our team. Aside from teaching her social studies classes to students in grades 6-12, she also teaches sewing and is helping the students start up an embroidery business. Her patience and non-traditional approach to teaching make her a staff member that the students respect and enjoy being around. We are blessed to have her on board!
Cathi Harman, Shearer Elementary Assistant Principal
Mrs. Harman goes above and beyond the call of duty. She is in charge of PTO, RTI, our Discipline Procedures, progress monitoring, district grade-level meetings with K and 1, and is an integral part of the Shearer Team and Shearer Family.