Jessica Pedigo

Jessica Pedigo, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Jessica Pedigo! Mrs. Pedigo teaches 6th grade ELA and social studies on Team Achieve. Mrs. Pedigo says, "I love teaching at Baker because of the wonderful students and their families. Every day is an opportunity to help children achieve their best. I love inspiring students not only academically but personally. The kids' energy and inquisitiveness makes teaching exciting. Being able to interact with kids who do their best and try to do everything expected of them is the most rewarding job of all. We have great administrations, faculty, staff, PTO, and families here at Baker. I couldn't ask for a better job!!" Thank you for all you do, Mrs. Pedigo!


Shanna Keegan

Shanna Keegan, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Shanna Keegan! Ms. Keegan is the collaboration teacher for Team Dream. Ms. Keegan says, "I love teaching because of the relationships I get to build with my students. The kids in my classroom have become like a second family to me over the year, and their learning and well-being means the world to me. I love to see their faces light up when they start understanding a new concept or something they've been struggling with. I'm so grateful for the opportunities and experiences I've had with students at Baker." Thank you for all of your hard work, Ms. Keegan!


Janice Godlaski

Janice Godlaski, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Janice Godlaski! Mrs. Godlaski is a reading intervention teacher for 5th and 6th grade. Mrs. Godlaski says, "I have wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in 1st grade. I enjoy learning new things along with my students who often inspire me. I couldn't think of a better job to have!" Thank you, Mrs. Godlaski, for inspiring our students each day!


Liza Thomas

Liza Thomas, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize...Mrs. Liza Thomas! Mrs. Thomas teaches 5th grade math and science on Team Believe. Mrs. Thomas says, "I once saw an anonymous quote that said, 'Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much'. I immediately thought of my work family at Baker Intermediate. I love working at Baker with a group of people who are always working together for OUR children." Thank you, Mrs. Thomas, for all you do for our students!


Bob Howard

Bob Howard, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mr. Bob Howard! Mr. Howard is the collaboration teacher on Team Excel. Mr. Howard says, "I love teaching at Baker because this school has the true meaning of 'family'. All staff members work together to ensure that all students are thriving and being challenged as students as well as individuals. There is nothing more inspirational in this profession than to see a child succeed, feel the pride of accomplishment, and grow as a person. At Baker, I get the privilege to witness this on a daily basis. This school is absolutely a village that is 'molding' the future for this proud community." Thank you, Mr. Howard, for your hard work and dedication each day!


Staci Rish

Staci Rish, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Staci Rish! Ms. Rish teaches 5th grade math and science on Team Dream. Ms. Rish says, "Teaching is my passion. I could not imagine a career that brings more joy and accomplishment to my life. Each day I am able to see students grow, learn, and become the person they want to be. I can see the difference I am making in their lives and there is no better reward in life!" Thank you, Ms. Rish, for helping our students grow each day!


Meredith Floyd

Meredith Floyd, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Meredith Floyd! Mrs. Floyd teaches 5th grade language arts and social studies on Team Believe. Mrs. Floyd says, "I love working at Baker because I get to work with my favorite kind of people: kids. I love seeing and greeting their smiling faces every morning. It never fails that they make me laugh, tell me a silly story, or make my day completely worth it. To me, it's all about the kids, and Baker has given me the chance to work with some of the best!" Thank you, Mrs. Floyd, for all you do for the students of Baker each day!


Alison Lipscomb

Alison Lipscomb, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Alison Lipscomb! Mrs. Lipscomb teaches 6th grade math on Team Achieve. Mrs. Lipscomb says, " I love my job because I get to see so many students succeed in my classroom. I love to see the students get the "ah ha" moment. I love to see students being able to answer their own questions and also finding mistakes in their work and having the drive to correct their mistake and learning from it. I love seeing how, through the year, they have improved their confidence, not only in math but also demonstrating how to solve problems to their peers. I love to hear them speak the math language in my classroom." Thank you, Mrs. Lipscomb, for your hard work and dedication to the students at Baker!


Alexis Goforth

Alexis Goforth, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Alexis Goforth! Ms. Goforth teaches 6th grade science on Team Excel. Ms. Goforth says, "I love teaching at Baker because the staff and students here are my family. I couldn't imagine working anywhere else!" Thank you for all you do for our students each day, Ms. Goforth!


Ian Ferrell

Ian Ferrell, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mr. Ian Ferrell! Mr. Ferrell teaches 6th grade ELA on Team Succeed. Mr. Ferrell says, "I'm a very curious person, and I love to learn and find out new things. Teaching has the power to open up those new ideas. I love that Baker provides so many opportunities, like the musical, sports, clubs, and service organizations sponsored by committed teachers who care about kids and want them to have lots of chances to learn and explore. Personally, I co-direct the musical, and I see kids find a place where they can learn and grow and show their talents for the whole community. I love seeing kids develop a lifelong love of learning because of what I do." Thank you, Mr. Ferrell, for all you do for our students!


Zach Ernst

Zach Ernst, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mr. Zach Ernst! Mr. Ernst teaches physical education to both 5th and 6th graders. Mr. Ernst says, "I love my job because I get to come to work every day and teach children the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices. I get to teach them how to make decisions that impact their bodies and their lives. I get to teach them how to treat human beings with fairness and thoughtfulness. I get to teach them how to be comfortable with their individuality. I get to teach them how to be decision makers, leaders, and productive members of a group. I love my job because of these reasons, and many more. It makes me happy to know I have even the smallest role in creating a bright future for these students and this community." Thank you, Mr. Ernst, for making PE such a wonderful learning experience for our students!


Katie Berner

Katie Berner, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Katie Berner! Mrs. Berner teaches 6th grade English Language Arts on Team Achieve. Mrs. Berner says, "My favorite part about Baker is seeing my students succeed in and out of the classroom. In the classroom, I love seeing them grow and develop as writers and readers throughout the school year. I love that I get to celebrate the big and small accomplishments with them throughout the school year, such as when they find a book that they're so interested in that they can't put it down, increase their MAP score, or finish a writing piece and do better than they thought they could do. I also love to see my students (current and previous) succeed outside of the classroom. Whether it be on the ball field, in a theatre program, or in competitions for clubs, I love seeing them finding their passion and achieving their dreams." Thank you, Mrs. Berner, for challenging and inspiring our students each day!


Angie Taulbee

Angie Taulbee, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Angie Taulbee. Ms. Taulbee teaches 5th grade ELA and social studies on Team Dream. Ms. Taulbee says, "I enjoy teaching fifth grade not only for the academic aspects, but to help students be the best person they can be. I love helping students to see and understand the importance of respect and responsibility. I love encouraging students to hold high expectations for themselves with no excuses. 'Work hard, be nice, and make good decisions!' is something I not only stress daily to my very own children, but to my students as well." Thank you, Ms. Taulbee, for your positive attitude and hard work each day!


Lisa Antoniou

Lisa Antoniou, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Lisa Antoniou. Mrs. Antoniou teaches 6th grade science on Team Succeed. Mrs. Antoniou says, “Since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. What I love most about teaching is that every day I get to have a new learning experience. There is rarely a dull moment with my students. Teaching challenges me on so many levels and makes me want to be a better person today than I was yesterday. The lasting relationships I build with my students and colleagues are so special to me. I am so very proud to be a part of the Baker Bulldog family!” Thank you, Mrs. Antoniou, for your hard work and dedication each day!


Kara O'Rourke

Kara O'Rourke, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Kara O'Rourke. Mrs. O'Rourke teaches 6th grade math on Team Excel. Mrs. O'Rourke says, "I love teaching at Baker because of the amazing staff, students, PTO, and families. It is evident that the entire staff cares about our students and has high expectations to push students to do their best, making Baker a wonderful school to be a part of. And the students! Baker is full of students who will continue to do so many great things now and in the future - with their kindness, work ethic, determination, and intelligence!" Thank you, Mrs. O'Rourke, for your leadership and all you do for our students each day!


Tracey Kindred

Tracey Kindred, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Tracey Kindred. Ms. Kindred teaches 6th grade social studies on Team Succeed. Ms. Kindred says, “I love coming to Baker every day for multiple reasons! There isn't a better school for our students to attend or for our teachers to teach! I love my students and the positive atmosphere here at Baker Intermediate!” Thank you, Ms. Kindred, for your hard work and dedication to our students!


Steve Smith

Steve Smith, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mr. Steve Smith. Mr. Smith teacher 5th grade math and science on Team Imagine. Mr. Smith says, “I love teaching because it is so rewarding. Seeing the progress that students make throughout the year is amazing. I have had students tell me they 'hate math' and 'don't get it', but then they come back later and give just a simple thank-you. As a teacher, those are the moments that mean everything to me.” Thank you, Mr. Smith, for making math and science fun and engaging for our students!


Stephanie Arthur

Stephanie Arthur, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Stephanie Arthur. Mrs. Arthur works with both 5th and 6th grade students as the chorus teacher. Mrs. Arthur says, "I love teaching at Baker for two reasons. The first is almost every day I get to make beautiful music with so many talented students. After every performance since Baker opened, at least one adult has said they didn't know students this young could sing so well. Young people are capable of so much more than most realize, they just have to have someone believe in them and push them to be their best. Which brings me to my second reason: the staff and administration at Baker work hard to bring out the best in our students and support each other every day. It's a privilege to work with such great people." Thank you, Mrs. Arthur, for inspiring and working hard for our students each day!


Heather Crowl

Heather Crowl, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Heather Crowl. Ms. Crowl is a reading and math intervention teacher for both 5th and 6th grades. Ms. Crowl says, "I love teaching at Baker because it is a building filled with great people. I am constantly learning from amazing coworkers and students while getting to do what I love every day!" Thank you, Ms. Crowl, for all you do for our students each day!


Carrie Campbell

Carrie Campbell, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Carrie Campbell. Mrs. Campbell teaches 6th grade ELA on Team Succeed. Mrs. Campbell says, "I love teaching at Baker because I get to spend the year cultivating a love of reading and learning in my students. I am ecstatic when students share a great book that they have found, and I can see them becoming lifelong readers. I love and appreciate the staff at Baker. They always go above and beyond to help our kids. It is wonderful to be a Bulldog." Thank you, Mrs. Campbell, for your hard work and instilling the love of reading in our students!


Candy Craig

Candy Craig, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Candy Craig! Mrs. Craig teaches 5th grade ELA and social studies on Team Imagine and also serves as the team leader. Mrs. Craig says, "I love my job because I work at BAKER! I consider my coworkers part of my family and my heart. Some days we laugh so hard, we can't breathe. When one of us is suffering, there is always someone (and often times everyone!) there to help alleviate the pain. Students need to see adults interacting in these ways - with love. When they see our positive relationships and how we connect with one another, my hope is that they will begin to emulate those behaviors in their own lives and with others they meet." Thank you, Mrs. Craig for your hard work and dedication to our students!


Lacey Branham

Lacey Branham, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Lacey Branham! Ms. Branham teaches 5th grade language arts and social studies on Team Dream. Here’s what Ms. Branham has to say about teaching 5th grade at Baker: “I love working at Baker because I get to learn something new every day from my students. Not only do I learn from them, but I am able to share my love of learning with them. There is nothing better than seeing their faces light up when they master a new concept or skill. My students are amazing and I don’t know what I would do without my co-workers at Baker.” Thank you, Ms. Branham, for your hard work each day!


Amy Green

Amy Green, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Amy Green! Mrs. Green teaches 5th grade math and science on Team Imagine. She says, "I love teaching at Baker because of the kids. Personally, I believe that my role as their teacher far exceeds just academics. My goal is to develop positive relationships, push each child to be their personal best, and most of all that they know I love them. I love seeing the 'light bulbs' come on when they grasp a new concept or when they come to me saying, 'Mrs. Green, guess what', and proceed to tell be about something going on in their personal life. I want to be that positive shining light that makes learning fun!" Thank you, Mrs. Green, for your positive attitude and hard work each day!


Kristen Toler

Kristen Toler, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Kristen Toler! Mrs. Toler teaches 6th grade math and science on Team Achieve. She says, "I love teaching at Baker because we have the best staff and students around! The staff here are welcoming, supportive, hardworking, and just a great team to be a part of! My students make me want to be the best teacher possible. Their eagerness and willingness to learn inspires me daily! Baker Bulldogs rock!" Thank you, Mrs. Toler, for your dedication to your students and your hard work each day!


Betty Anes

Betty Anes, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Betty Anes! Ms. Anes teaches 5th grade math and science on Team Dream. Ms. Anes says, "After 31 years and over 700 students, I still view teaching as a privilege and an honor to instill a love of learning in young children. I don't always see the impact I make on students immediately. However, many former students have contacted me over the years to thank me for the difference I made in their life. That moment is priceless." Thank you, Ms. Anes, for all you do!


Chelsea Cummings

Chelsea Cummings, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Chelsea Cummings! Ms. Cummings teaches 6th grade math on Team Succeed. Ms. Cummings says, "Working at Baker makes it easy to realize why I chose to become an educator. Every day is different, and I have the privilege of seeing my students learn something new each day. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing what you do you truly matters. My students are fun and considerate, and my co-workers have become some of my best friends!" Thank you for all of your hard work, Ms. Cummings!


Jessica Scolf

Jessica Scolf, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Jessica Scolf. Mrs. Scolf is Baker’s art teacher and works with 5th and 6th graders. Mrs. Scolf says, “Art, being creative, and exploring new media can change the way you think and the way you feel. I am thankful for being at Baker, to foster a love and appreciation of the arts, for all students to find their artistic outlet.” Thank you for all of your hard work, Mrs. Scolf!


Lindsay Caudill

Lindsay Caudill, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Lindsay Caudill! Ms. Caudill is a special education teacher and teaches both 5th and 6th graders. Ms. Caudill says, “I love my job because I learn something new every day from my kids. They make every day so much fun and watching them grow and master new skills is very rewarding. I love my kids!” Thanks for all you do for your students, Ms. Caudill!


Stephanie Reginek

Stephanie Reginek, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Stephanie Reginek. Mrs. Reginek teaches 6th grade math on Team Excel. Mrs. Reginek says, “I love my job at Baker because of the outstanding staff and students. At Baker everyone is always ready for the next challenge, whether it's teachers planning new engaging lessons or students striving to do their best!” Thank you for your hard work, Mrs. Reginek!


Matthew Leedy

Matthew Leedy, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mr. Matthew Leedy. Mr. Leedy is the band teacher for 5th and 6th grade. Mr. Leedy says, “I love working with the students and helping them develop into confident musicians. It is always exciting to watch them grow! Go band!” Thank you for your dedication to our students, Mr. Leedy!


Terri Puckett

Terri Puckett, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Ms. Terri Puckett. Ms. Puckett teaches 6th grade language arts on Team Excel. Ms. Puckett says, “What I love most about my job is building positive relationships with students. So much growth can happen in a student when they know they have someone who believes in them.”


Stacey Moore

Stacey Moore, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Stacey Moore! Mrs. Moore teaches 5th grade language arts and social studies on Team Imagine. Mrs. Moore says, “I love teaching because I love children. They inspire me, and the relationships I form with each of them remain in my heart. I feel teaching is my calling, and I love that my 'work' has purpose...and doesn’t feel like work at all. I am thankful for each day I walk through the doors at Baker and see the students’ eager, smiling faces.”


Brittany Thomas 

Brittany Thomas, Baker Intermediate

Clark County Public Schools and Baker Intermediate would like to recognize Mrs. Brittany Thomas.  Mrs. Thomas teaches 5th grade language arts and socials studies on Team Dream. Mrs. Thomas says, “I love my job at Baker because I never tire of seeing the 'ah ha' moments, the unexpected moments that keep me on my toes, the laughter, the funny student comments that belong in a book, giving second chances, encouraging students to reach their individual goals, being a role model, and all the learning!” We appreciate you, Mrs. Thomas!


Julie Hale

Julie Hale, Baker Intermediate

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.”


Sarah Dreisbach

Sarah Dreisbach, Baker Intermediate

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

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!”



2016-2017

 Heather Crowl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!



2015-2016

Carrie Campbell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.