College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
News from CEBS Alumni
Wes Cottongim is the new assistant principal at Briarwood Elementary School, where he taught for eight years. He fills an opening created when Joanna Jones took a principal position in Simpson County. Since 2012, Cottongim has been assistant principal at Simpson Elementary School in Simpson County. http://www.bgdailynews.com/features/cottongim-named-assistant-principal/article_caadee82-432e-11e4-992d-8309f56d9ce0.html
Congratulations to CEBS alumnus Dr. Dan Costellow! Dr. Dan Costellow, a veteran of 19 years in public education, has been hired as principal of Rich Pond Elementary School. http://www.warrencountyschools.org/districtNewsArticle.aspx?artID=35745
Congratulations to CEBS alumna Lori Morris! Welcome Lori Morris, the new principal at Briarwood Elementary. Morris, who had been serving as assistant principal at Rockfield Elementary, succeeds Jason Kupchella, now Warren County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer.
Congratulations to CEBS alumna Andrea Nance!
Briarwood Elementary School music teacher Andrea Nance has been selected as the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) District 3 Elementary Music Teacher of the Year. She is now eligible for the statewide award that will be announced in February.
Nance, who also won the District 3 award for the 2007-08 school year, routinely places several students on the KMEA All-State Choir. Last year, she won the District 3 Citation for Service Award, which honors an individual in the field of music education who has given continuous and exceptional service to KMEA.
Congratulations to CEBS alumnus David Graham!
Jackson Academy teacher David Graham has been recognized with the Citation of Service Award by the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) District Three membership. The Citation honors an individual in the field of music education who has given continuous and exceptional service to KMEA.
Graham has managed the local district’s Performance Assessments since 2007, and has chaired the KMEA Commission on Performance Assessments since 2011. More than 400 area students typically participate in district Solo and Ensemble Assessment in early March, and more than 45 school bands and orchestras perform annually in district Large Ensemble Assessment at WKU’s Van Meter Auditorium in mid-April.
Graham served as a band director for 17 years, including ten years at Warren Central High School, and has managed KMEA State Marching Band Championship Quarterfinal and Semifinal sites for several years. WKU Music Professor Joe Stites nominated Graham for the Citation, and he is now eligible for the statewide award, to be announced at the KMEA In-Service Conference in February.
Congratulations to CEBS alumna Megan Diann Wheat Puckett on her new position!
Congratulations to CEBS alumna Jeanie Hopkins!
Congratulations to CEBS alumna Brittney Rector!
Congratulations to CEBS alumnus Brad Tolbert! He has been selected as Kentucky Music Educators Association District 3 Administrator of the Year. http://www.warrencountyschools.org/districtNewsArticle.aspx?artID=35664
Congratulations to Robyn Puryear! Miss. Puryear has been named the new Assistant Principal of Sycamore Park Elementary School. She earned a master’s degree from WKU! http://www.northernvatimes.com/gainesville/news/robyn-puryear-named-assistant-principal-of-sycamore-park-elementary-school
Congratulations to Deron Breeze! Deron is South Warren high School's new basketball coach. He also graduated from WKU with his bachelor's and master's. http://www.warrencountyschools.org/districtNewsArticle.aspx?artID=35433
Congratulations to CEBS alumna Nancy Gibson! She has been selected as the Director of District Relations and Operations for Henderson County School. http://surfky.com/index.php/news/local/henderson/50294-nancy-gibson-named-director-of-district-relations-and-operations
Congratulations to Penny Knight! Mr. Knight has recently been chosen to be the districts new chief operations officer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in secondary http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/article_117d5ac0-f594-11e3-9215-0019bb2963f4.html
Congratulations to CEBS alumna Crystal Hardeman! She has accepted a position as the new Associate Director for Diversity and Multicultural Education at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She earned her MAE in Student Affairs in Higher Education and her International Student Services Certificate at WKU.
Warren Cunningham has been named the new principal for the Barren County Trojan Academy. (more)
Nancy Gibson has been selected as the Director of District Relations and Operations for Henderson County Schools. (more)
Dee Anna Crump has been hired as Warren Elementary School assistant principal. She replaces Eric Wilson, now the new Principal of Alternative Programs for Warren County Public Schools.
Jason Kupchella has been hired for the new Warren County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer position. He comes from Briarwood Elementary School, where he had served as principal.
Nick Lowe has been named Greenwood High School Athletic Director. He replaces Todd Tolbert, who stepped down from the position earlier this year. Lowe, a 2004 GHS graduate, has been the school's cross country coach for the past four years. He was a member of Greenwood's state runner-up cross country team in 2003.
Stoye Young has been hired as the new assistant principal at Warren East High School. He joins Principal Nicole Clark and Assistant Principal Matt Bastin on the WEHS administrative staff. Young comes from Warren East Middle School, where he had also served as assistant principal.
Ms. Kim White will assume the duties of Director of Instructional Technology for Henderson County Schools effective July 1, 2014. Ms. White received her Bachelor of Arts from Union University and her Master's degree from the University of Southern Indiana. She received her Rank I and K-12 Level 2 Administration certification from Western Kentucky University. (more)
Drakes Creek Middle School teacher Melanie Wyatt is the Junior Achievement of Southcentral KY Teacher of the Year.
Eric Wilson, a veteran educator with experience as a teacher, coach and administrator, has been named Warren County Public Schools Principal of Alternative Programs. He will lead the Lighthouse Academy alternative high school as well as the Jackson Academy alternative middle school. Wilson spent time as a teacher, coach and athletic director at Warren Central High School before moving into an assistant principal position at WCHS. He has spent the past few years as assistant principal at Warren Elementary School.
Dr. Kirk Biggerstaff has been selected as the new superintendent of the Cumberland County School System. (more)
Robyn Puryear has been named the new assistant principal of Sycamore Park Elementary School in Culpeper, VA. (more)
Chase Goff has been named the new athletic director of Warren Central High School. (more)
James A. 'Ja' Wilson has been named director of student services for the Daviess County Public Schools district. (more)
Congratulations to Rick Snodgrass! Mr. Snodgrass has been named the new principal of Hopkins County Central High School. He is also earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education and his master's degree in guidance, both from WKU! (more)
Congratulations to Penny Knight! Mr. Knight has recently been chosen to be the districts new chief operations officer. He earned his bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in secondary education. (more)
Congratulations to Robyn Puryear! Miss. Puryear has been named the new Assistant Principal of Sycamore Park Elementary School. She earned a master's degree from WKU! (more)
Congratulations to Deron Breeze! Deron is South Warren high School's new basketball coach. He also graduated from WKU with his bachelor's and master's. (more)
Congratulations to Bryon Darnall on becoming the new principal at Potter Gray Elementary. Bryon is a WKU alumni! (more)
Congratulations to Tommy Burrough on being named Hopkins County School Administrator of the Year in 2013. He earned a Rank I, Master's degree and bachelor's degree from WKU! Burrough has served as principal of Hopkins County Central High School since 2010. While there, he has overseen the school's rise to a Distinguished High School, among the Top 4 percent in the state. He previously was assistant principal at Apollo High School, principal and assistant principal at McLean County High School, and a teacher and baseball coach in McLean County and Memphis, Tenn.
Congratulations to alumna Holly Milam-Bush on being one of 200 educators selected for the LearnZillion "Dream Team" that will work this summer on ideas and tools to improve teaching and assessment. Holly graduated from WKU with her bachelor's, master's and master's Rank I. (more)
Congratulations to Amy Buss and Jennifer Moore on receiving a Golden Apple Award! Amy and Jennifer are both graduates from WKU. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumna Holly Kirk! Holly is an elementary school teacher at Plano Elementary and has been selected to receive the Virginia Mutchler Young Women Educator Award. The award will be given to Holly at the Delta Kappa Gamma tea on Saturday, April 26th. She will receive a $500 scholarship to be applied towards either National Board certification or a post-graduate degree of her choice, and membership in the Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International.
This award was established in memory of Mrs. Virgnina Mutchler, a member of the Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a retired elementary school teacher, administrator, and professor at Western Kentucky University who was actively involved at the local, state, national and international levels of the organization. Mrs. Mutchler was inducted into the inaugural class of the first Delta Kappa Gamma International Hall of Fame in 2011.
Kirk has also been selected to receive the "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Award.
Congratulations to the David Eakles and Jim Flynn on being inducted into the Bowling Green High School Alumni Association! They are both graduates from WKU! (more)
Congratulations to the following CEBS alumni on being nominated for the Save our Kids Coalition Teacher Hero Award. Belinda Lawson, Heather DeHaven, Meanie Wyatt, Andrea Heming, Gina, Word, Amy Oliver, Cassandra Jones, Melissa Dillard, Kimberly Stout, Lisa Kelton, Alicia Graves, Kristie Downing, Jenny Pierson, Laura Beth Menser, Jordan Spillman, Aaron Davis, Lynn Richey, Shawna Garrett, Stephanie Helton, Amanda Rupsch,Amy Yates, Brittany Flener, Lisa King, Heather Bushelman, Roger Watt, Ashley Burysek, Katherine Whitney, Lori Martin, Chris Seabolt, Ronan Bunger, Crystal Davis, Kaleigh Daveport, Stacy Faulkner. These educators are nominated by students who write letters explaining how these teachers have helped them through difficult times. The Teacher Hero Award Banquet is scheduled for April 24. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni David Nole. Mr. Nole is the principal at Henry F. Moss Middle School and has been selected to attend the Leadership Institute for School Principals this summer. (more)
Congratulations to principal Jim Tinius on his retirement from Potter Gray Elementary school. Mr. Tinius received his bachelor's, master's, and Rank I from WKU. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Tara Tinsley and her fourth grade class on receiving WBKO's Hometown Hero Award. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Michelle McCloughan! Michelle has earned the Teacher of the Year Award by KCTE! (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Leslie Blair, Jason Dargo, and Holly Whittinghill on receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award! They graduated from WKU with their bachelor's and master's. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Amy Appling Ground and Ken SKea on being added to the WEHS Athletic Hall of Fame! They both received their bachelor's, master's, and Rank I from WKU. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni William King! William is the national winner of the Milken Educator Award. This is one of education's most prestigious awards and is considered the "Oscars "of teaching. William earned his bachelor's, master's, and Rank 1 at WKU! (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Michelle Blick on becoming the new Warren County Public Schools Director of Special Education. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees and her Rank I certification as Director of Special Education at WKU! (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Leslie Shultz on becoming the assistant principal at Jody Richards Elementary school. Shultz earned her bachelor's and master's degrees and her Rank I certification at Western Kentucky University. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Liz Jensen and Laura Dinning on being awarded the Golden Apple Award. Liz is a teacher at Cumberland Trace Elementary school and graduated from WKU with her bachelor and master degrees. Laura is a school psychologist at Natcher and Lost River elementary schools. She graduated from WKU with her bachelor's, rank II, and rank I. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Kevin Wallace! Kevin received the AP coach of the year award. He is the football coach at Bowling Green High School and graduated from WKU with his bachelors and masters. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Laura Eason! Laura is the library media specialist at Henry F. Moss Middle School and has been selected by the School Library Journal to write book reviews. The School Library Journal is the premier publication for libraries that serve children and teens. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Lisa Correa and Sandra McCoy on earning Nation Board Certification! Lisa Received her master's degree from WKU and Sandra received her bachelor's, master's and planned sixth year from WKU.(more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Clay Smalley on receiving the Humanitarian Award! (more)
Congratulations for CEBS alumni Aubrey Holt on becoming this year's recipient of the New Professional Award from the Southern Association for College Student Affairs! (more)
Congratulation to CEBS alumni Beth Schaeffer on being selected to receive the Early Childhood Outstanding Service Award from the Kentucky Division for Early Childhood. Schaeffer earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Western Kentucky University. (more)
Rodney T. Cohen was elected president of the Association for Black Culture Centers at the organization's annual conference, held this year at Auburn University in Alabama. Mr. Cohen received his MAE in Student Affairs in Higher Education in May 1995. (more)
Cumberland Trace Elementary School Principal Mary A. Evans is among 61 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad who have been named as 2013 National Distinguished Principals (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). The NDPs was honored Oct. 25 at an awards banquet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of a two-day program. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan provided congratulatory remarks. Dr. Evans received her cooperating Doctorate from WKU. Congratulations Dr. Evans! (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Sarah Johnson! Ms. Johnson has been named 2013 Kentucky Building Assessment Coordinator of the Year for her work as Curriculum Coordinator and Assessment Coordinator at Lost River Elementary School during the 2012-13 school years. She was hired as Alvaton principal during the summer.
Sarah completed her bachelor's, master's and rank I program at WKU. She also completed certification programs in Teaching English as a Second Language, Gifted Education and Principal Level 1 and 2 at WKU. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumna Cheryl Bunton! She is the new Student Services Coordinator and Freshman Academy Principal at Warren Central High School. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumna Mary Taylor Cowles! She is the new alternative school principal for Warren County Schools. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Ada Skillern on receiving one of four $500 Mildred McMurtry Memorial Continuing Professional Development 2013 scholarships from Kentucky Association of Professional Educators. Ada received her master's degree from WKU. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Wes Pardue! Wes is the new assistant principal at Allen County-Scottsville High School. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Nicole Clark on being named the new principal at Warren East High School! Mrs. Clark received her bachelor's degree in English language arts, her master's degree in school administration and attained her Rank I in instructional supervision from WKU. (more)
Congratulations to CEBS alumni Joe Tinius on being named superintendent of the year! Mr. Tinius received his bachelors, masters, and Rank I at WKU. (more)
Congratulation to Dr. Annette Parker, Educational Leadership Doctoral Alumnus, has been appointed president of South Central College by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Board of Trustees. South Central College is a Minnesota Community and Technical College with campuses in Faribault and Mankato. (more)
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If you are a graduate from CEBS, then keep us updated on your promotions, awards, publications, etc. We want to recognize you for all your outstanding accomplishments. Don't keep it to yourself! We would love to hear what you are up to, and we might even profile it here on the web site and/or in our biannual CEBS magazine. Please take a moment to update your contact information by filling out the online CEBS Alumni update form. We look forward to staying in touch with you!