May 2021

Congratulations, Ms. Gaskin!

Our technology resource teacher, Julie Gaskin, is retiring this year after a wonderful career with Fayette County Public Schools. She has served for over forty years in several different roles, most recently helping to form the VLA. She also taught Kindergarten and was the technology resource teacher at Cardinal Valley before moving into a district-level role to lead the Student Technology Leadership Program. She will be missed, but we wish her all the best as she moves on to retired life!
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Elementary Teacher Spotlight

Ms. Katie Wilkins teaches fifth grade for the VLA. She earned her Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Lipscomb University and her Master's in Counseling from University of the Cumberlands.

"I love the opportunity to work with students from all over the district. Not only do I get to see so many new faces, but I get to learn about their wonderful families, backgrounds, and interests. I also love that the students are gaining independence and taking ownership of their learning - it is really preparing them for the next level!"

Mark your calendars for these end-of-the-year events!

May 18

  • Kindergarten Virtual Promotion Ceremony - 10:00am
  • 8th Grade Virtual Promotion Ceremony - 11:00am
  • 5th Grade Virtual Promotion Ceremony - 12:00pm

May 19 - Chromebook return at 1126 Russell Cave Road - 1pm-6:30pm

May 19-20 - VLA seniors graduate with their home schools!

Middle School Teacher Spotlight

Ms. Karly Shadeh teaches eighth grade science. She has a Bachelor's in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master's in Secondary Education from the University of the Cumberlands.

"I love teaching at VLA for a multitude of reasons! I love that I get an opportunity to work and connect with other students throughout the district using our various platforms. I love the asynchronous approach that students have with all their classes through VLA. I love the amazing curriculum that I get to implement within my lessons to make science FUN to learn."

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High School Teacher Spotlight

Mr. Westin Waggoner teaches U.S. History. He earned a BA in History from Northern Kentucky University and he is currently pursuing his JD at the NKU Chase College of Law.

"I love history and enjoy sharing it with students. I am taking law classes online myself, so I understand what it is like to learn online during the pandemic."

VLA PBIS Committee Members

Jennifer Adams - Middle School Representative

Ken Clark - High School Representative

Denise Lewis - Elementary Representative

April Noah - Elementary Representative

April Clement - Middle & High School Administrator

Jamie Burch - Program Director K-12