Karen West, Special Programs Curriculum Supervisor at Corbin Independent Schools, is the new Hardin County Schools Director of Federal Programs and Leadership Development.
“I am excited for this new adventure,” West said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help students grow in various ways. This district is committed to utilizing all of its resources to move students forward and to help them become the best version of themselves. Hardin County Schools has a lot of momentum and is known as a leader in the state. I am looking forward to serving the students and staff of this terrific district.”
West will be responsible for all the district’s federally funded programs, continuing professional growth and effectiveness initiatives and working with principals to provide effective leadership development and support for them and their schools.
“I’m thrilled to have Karen join the district family,” Hardin County Schools Chief Academic Officer Greg Sutton said. ”She will work feverishly to help our schools acquire federal funding that will nurture student growth. She has the experience and skills that will help every child succeed. She will also be a magnificent resource for our principals and teachers as they work to find ways to grow and become even stronger leaders and teachers. Her twelve years of high school teaching experience and twelve years of administrative experience proves that she has the problem-solving skills and ability to think outside of the box.”
She started her career in education in 1994 as an English and Journalism teacher at Knox Central High School in Barbourville, Kentucky. She then served nine years as a secondary English teacher at Williamsburg Independent Schools. She also worked as the district Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Public Relations Coordinator there. She started her role at Corbin Independent in 2006. She has served on numerous state-wide and national committees related to curriculum, assessment, federal programs, teacher certification and parental involvement.
West is a 1994 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Cumberland College. She also earned her Master of Arts degree from there in 1999. She has a Rank I in Gifted and Talented Education and an Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Educational Leadership. She is pursuing her doctoral degree and is the dissertation phase. All have and will come from the University of the Cumberlands. She earned her Superintendent Certification from Eastern Kentucky University. She is also a Certified Trainer for the National Institute for School Leadership Executive Development Program.