New administrators, principals announced

Familiar faces will fill administrative roles in Oldham County Schools for the 2015-16 school year, including both at central office and in several principal positions.

At central office:

  • Amy Cordrey, named Chief Academic Officer
  • Jonathan Wosoba, named Director of Student Services
  • Michele Horn, named Elementary Level Director/Supervisor of Instruction
  • Brent Deaves, named Secondary Level Director/Supervisor of Instruction

Principal positions:

  • Jessica Kasten, OC Preschool
  • Liz Dant, Buckner Elementary
  • Eric Davis, Kenwood Station Elementary
  • Mark Robson, East Oldham Middle
  • Rich Graviss, Oldham County High

Amy Cordrey is the district’s new Chief Academic Officer, overseeing instruction across the district following the retirement of Anita Davis. Cordrey has served as the district’s Elementary Level Director/Supervisor of Instruction for the past three years. Before joining the central office team in 2012, Cordrey served as Kenwood Station Elementary’s principal from 2010-2012, and as interim principal at Goshen for a year prior to that. From 1997-2009, she filled several positions at Goshen, including as a teacher, instructional coordinator and assistant principal. She was also a teacher at Bardstown Independent Elementary and at Christian Academy of Louisville. Amy is entering her 21st year as an educator.

"I am confident Amy will continue the great work we have started,” said Superintendent Will Wells. “I know she will have a positive and long-term impact on our students and our district."

Wells said Cordrey is passionate about education and not afraid to adapt and innovate to ensure student and staff success. "Her work leading initiatives like Reading Recovery, the Reading Academy, National Board Certification and Camp Literacy Live are all testament to the spirit and vision she will bring to the position,” he said.

Amy also holds National Board Certification and educational leadership certification from Indiana University Southeast, as well as undergrad and Master’s degrees in education from the University of Louisville.

And, Jonathan Wosoba will join the central office team as the Director of Student Services, a position vacated by the retirement of Dan Orman. Wosoba has served as principal of Buckner Alternative High School since 2004, and was the associate principal there for four years prior to that.

“Jonathan has been a tremendous asset to our district for the past 15 years, working to develop Buckner Alternative High School into a safe, supportive learning environment,” Wells said.

Wells said that, while at BAHS, Wosoba has had the opportunity to develop relationships with every middle and high school in our district, including the administrators, teachers and support staff. He has also established a rapport with the county’s judges, juvenile justice system, local agencies, law enforcement, mental health providers, substance abuse programs and others who provide services to our students.

Before coming to OCS, Wosoba served as a principal, assistant principal and teacher at several schools in Jefferson County, including Westport, Bruce, Carrithers and Noe middle schools. Wosoba graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University, and earned his superintendent certification from the University of Louisville.

Michele Horn will also join district-level administration, serving as the Elementary Level Director/Supervisor of Instruction — the position formerly held by Cordrey. Horn comes to central office from Harmony Elementary, where she has served as principal for the past three years.

Horn has 22 years of experience in elementary education and has served as principal of Harmony Elementary since 2012. At Harmony, she has also served as a teacher, literacy coach and instructional coordinator since 2005. She joined our district in 2003 as a teacher at Goshen Elementary. Prior to that, she taught in Carmel, Ind., from 1988-2001 -- another high-performing district. 
“Michele is a passionate educator and commands a strong knowledge of elementary curriculum, assessment and research-based instructional practices,” Cordrey said. “She also understands the power of identifying structures and processes that support student learning."

Horn holds National Board Certification in literacy and is an adjunct professor for Bellarmine University, teaching in the district's Reading Academy program for teachers. She earned her certification in instructional leadership from Bellarmine University, and holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Spalding University and a bachelor’s in art education from Ball State University in Indiana.

Serving middle and high schools will be Brent Deaves, who served as interim Secondary Level Director/Supervisor of Instruction this year and has accepted the post in a permanent role. Deaves served as Oldham County High School’s principal from 2008-2014. From 1998-2008, he filled several positions at Oldham High, including as a teacher, dean of students and assistant principal.

Deaves is currently in his 17th year of working for Oldham County Schools. 

“We are excited to have Brent on our team for the long-term,” Wells said. “He is very forward-thinking and passionate about changing the landscape of secondary education to better prepare students for college and career."

The district has named several new principals:

OC Preschool: Jessica Kasten, currently the assistant principal and instructional coach at Locust Grove Elementary. Since beginning her teaching career nearly 15 years ago, Kasten has worked in Oldham County Schools as well as Bullitt, Henry and Shelby counties.Kasten began her career as a special education teacher and is also a trained Reading Recovery teacher, a nationally-known reading intervention program used in Oldham County Schools. At Locust Grove, she has served as instructional coach, assessment coordinator, intervention co-chair and gifted/talented coordinator. Kasten earned her Master’s degree and administrator certification from Indiana University Southeast, and completed her undergraduate degree at Hanover College.

Buckner Elementary: Liz Dant, who began her teaching career at Buckner Elementary in 1999. Over the years, she has been a teacher, assistant principal, literacy coach and intervention coach at Buckner. She’s also served as a literacy coach, intervention coach and ARC Chair (special education) at other elementary schools in the district. Dant is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Indiana University Southeast. 

Kenwood Station Elementary: Eric Davis will come to Oldham County Schools from New Castle Elementary school in Henry County, where he has been principal for the past two years. While at New Castle, Davis led implementation of the Leader in Me initiative, which has been a cornerstone of KSE for several years. Davis previously was an education recovery specialist in mathematics for the Kentucky Department of Education, aiding schools in Trimble County. Since beginning his teaching career in 2008, he has also served as an assistant principal at Spencer County Middle School, a math teacher for Spencer County Middle and High schools and as a math teacher at East Oldham Middle. Davis is a 2004 graduate of South Oldham High and completed his undergraduate degree at Georgetown College, then attained a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University and his principal certification from the University of the Cumberlands.

East Oldham Middle: Mark Robson, currently the school’s associate principal, will step up to the principal position. Robson has served as the school’s associate principal since 2011, a position that has included supervising staff, instruction, operations and athletics. Before coming to East, Robson was an assistant/associate principal and math teacher at Oldham County High School. He taught math from 2000-2005 and then moved into administration at OCHS. Robson began his teaching career at Warren East High School in 1999, near his alma mater, Western Kentucky University. At WKU, Mr. Robson graduated with an undergraduate degree in mathematics education. He then earned his Master’s in education from Indiana University Southeast and is completing his superintendent’s license this June.

Oldham County High: Rich Graviss has served as the school’s interim principal during the current school year and has accepted the permanent position for the 2015-16 school year. Graviss began his career as a social studies teacher at OCHS in 1998. He then served as the school’s athletic director before becoming an associate principal in 2006. Wells said Graviss brings a strong sense of collaboration and a focus on making decisions that are best for students.

Four selected for Governor’s School for the Arts
gsa-logo1-1184x789The Governor’s School for the Arts class of 2015 will include at least four exceptionally talented students from across Oldham County’s three high schools. GSA is a three-week residential program that provides hands-on arts opportunities in performing arts, visual arts and music. Students are selected through a rigorous application process, including auditions.
Oldham County Schools students accepted to this year’s program represent instrumental music, visual art, musical theater and architecture/design.
“While many schools have reduced or entirely eliminated arts programs, we continue to believe they are a vital part of education,” said Superintendent Will Wells. “We are proud to offer arts opportunities for our students both at their schools and through our Arts Center, a unique opportunity most districts do not have."
  • Anna Bischof-Bryant, NOHS, Visual Art
  • Mackenzie Eck, NOHS, Instrumental Music, Soprano Saxophone
  • Sierra Lindeman, OCHS, Architecture + Design
  • Jack Brewer, SOHS, Musical Theatre
  • Abigail Root, OCHS, Instrumental Music, Bb Clarinet


  • Amber Eger, NOHS, Visual Art
  • Joseph Percefull, OCHS, Drama
  • Joseph Percefull, OCHS, Musical Theatre
  • Madelyn Shackleton, OCHS, Dance
  • Sophia Sharon, OCHS, Instrumental Music, Bassoon
  • Natalie Shearer, OCHS, Creative Writing
  • Sean Stevens, OCHS, Instrumental Music, Alto Saxophone
  • Griffin Wilson, OCHS, Instrumental Music, Tuba
  • Benjamin Whalin, SOHS, Vocal Music


16 students selected for Governor's Scholar Program

20150520-gsplogoThe Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program class of 2015 was announced this week, including acceptance of 16 Oldham County Schools students from all three district high schools.

GSP is a five-week summer program for rising high school seniors. Over 1,000 Kentucky students are selected yearly based on a thorough application process detailing their academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, volunteerism, and personal integrity. For the duration of the program, located at three local college campuses chosen through a bidding process, scholars have the rare opportunity to experience college life while attending classes on a daily basis. The Governor's Scholars Program emphasizes wide-ranging representation of all Kentucky regions, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

Each student that is selected is eligible to receive scholarships to any in-state public university within the state of Kentucky, as well as a handful of private institutions. The Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program was established in 1983 as an attempt by Kentucky leaders to keep the state's "best and brightest" interested in furthering education and potentially starting a career in the commonwealth instead of traveling out of the state to do so.

OCS students selected for the Governor’s Scholar Program

  • NOHS: Paige Didier, Jennifer Rebbin and Maggie Foster
  • OCHS: Victoria Hafner, Shannon Rush, Ally Hicks, Leah Hollander, Reid Honeycutt, Conner Hounshell and Max Rogers.
  • SOHS: Jacob Powell, Sawyer Blair, Zach Long, Elizabeth Erwin, Caylem Ashcraft and Paige Robertson.
  • Alternates: Kaia Bentsen (SOHS) and Hannah Clark (OCHS).

Inaugural Craft Academy includes 3 from Oldham Co. Schools


The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University has selected 60 students for its Class of 2017, including three from Oldham County Schools. 

William Kueshner (NOHS), Marcus Roup (OCHS) and Sienna Shacklette (OCHS) will represent the district in the Craft Academy’s first class.

"The announcement of the inaugural class of the Craft Academy marks an exciting moment in Morehead State University's rich history," said Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, president. "We are eager to welcome some of the Commonwealth's best and brightest to MSU and look forward to having them join us on campus this August."

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. A college-level curriculum will allow students to finish high school while also completing up to two years of university coursework. It will offer a residential college experience and environment to promote innovation and creative enterprise, developing the full potential of the state's brightest minds and most promising future leaders.

In addition, the Craft Academy will offer project-based STEM+X courses that will enrich educational experiences and develop competencies in entrepreneurship and innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.

Students will live on campus in a newly renovated residence hall designed for high school aged students. The facility will have meeting and social space and be staffed 24/7. Counselors and advisors also will be available.

"This first class of scholars includes some of the most academically talented students from across the Commonwealth, and we couldn't be more proud of them," said Dr. Carol Christian, director of the Craft Academy. "The selection process was extremely competitive, and we were very pleased with the quality of all the candidates that applied. By developing minds that will create, invent and lead, these Craft Academy participants represent Kentucky's future in the STEM fields. I can only imagine the impact they will have on the quality of life in our region, state and beyond."

Students were selected based on ACT and SAT scores, academic grades from their first two years of high school, interest in advanced STEM careers, responses to application essay questions, interview by the Academy selection committee and recommendations from teachers and others who can attest to the student's need and preparedness for the program. Nearly 120 students were interviewed for the initial 60 spots.

At the end of the two years, students will have earned a minimum of 60 credit hours, finished high school and have the opportunity to further their education at MSU or transfer to any other college/university in Kentucky or elsewhere.

Five selected for Commonwealth Honors Academy
Five Oldham County Schools students have been accepted to the Commonwealth Honors Academy at Murray State University this summer. CHA is offered with the firm conviction that one of the greatest resources of this region is its academically talented young people. This three-week residential summer program for high school juniors stresses the development of each student's critical thinking abilities, adaptability, creativity, and self-confidence. 
The Academy seeks to reward excellence, broaden horizons, and expand vision. In the Academy, teachers and students deal with the conceptual, historical, and philosophical foundations of learning. Students have opportunities through independent effort to develop their personal and intellectual skills under expert supervision.
All students enroll in an interdisciplinary humanities fine arts course that draws material from the traditional humanities as well as the fine and performing arts. Students also select an elective course, choosing from a variety of academic areas from agriculture to communications to engineering. A seminar session focuses on issues of personal and social development, with small group discussion to explore topics like interpersonal communication, family and peer relationships, choosing a university and civic responsibility. 
Accepted: Kendall Atchison (OCHS), Zachary Long (SOHS), Nick McKinney (OCHS), Evan Rademaker (SOHS) and Juliette Tinebra (SOHS).
Alternates: Tolman Elwell (OCHS), Joey Hackworth (OCHS) and Alexis Morris (OCHS).


492 Years of Service: Retiring certified staff recognized

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With a combined 492 years of service to Oldham County Schools, retiring certified staff were honored last Friday with a luncheon at the Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center in Crestwood. The Crestwood Elementary Chorus performed “For Good” from the musical Wicked, letting these staff know that “because we knew you, we have been changed for good.” Staff were presented engraved frames featuring a photo of them “on the job,” and enjoyed a video slideshow with photos as well as comments from colleagues, parents and former students. Superintendent Will Wells, Chief Operations Officer Dorenda Neihof and Board of Education member Larry Dodson gave their heartfelt thanks through remarks as well.

A special thank you to everyone who helped with this special event, including the Personnel Department, Communications Department, COO office, and Crestwood Elementary’s chorus director, Matt Lund. 

Event photos | Crestwood Chorus Video

  • Jane Smith, Liberty principal, 25 years

  • Jim Ross, EOMS principal, 27 years

  • Lisa Cheek, Buckner principal, 30 years

  • Debbie Sullivan, Buckner, 27 years

  • Carol Hughey, Preschool principal, 24 years

  • Karen Otte, Preschool, 13 years

  • Nancy Palmquist, SOHS, 20 years

  • Steven Ising, SOHS, 13 years

  • Cindi Reedy, SOHS, 21 years

  • Nancy Souza, NOMS, 27 years

  • Erika Wardlow, NOMS, 18 years

  • Frank Schooler, NOMS, 27 years

  • Bobbie Stoess, Crestwood, 36 years

  • Jill Knight, Crestwood/Harmony, 27 years

  • Cy Tucker, SOMS, 26 years

  • Shari Kortum, Camden Station, 32 years

  • Mary Beth Banbury, Goshen, 18 years

  • Pam Burns, Goshen, 27 years

  • Jackie Howell, GATES, 7 years

  • Anita Davis, Chief Academic Officer, 9 years

  • Dan Orman, Assistant Superintendent, 20 years

  • Amanda Putty, central office, 18 years



Oldham County Schools
2015 High School Graduation Dates

Buckner Alternative High School

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.
Oldham County Arts Center

South Oldham High School 

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center - Broadbent Arena 

Oldham County High School

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 2:30 P.M.
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center - Broadbent Arena

North Oldham High School

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center - Broadbent Arena

Project Graduation 2015 (for ALL Graduating Seniors)
DATE: Saturday, June 13 2015    |     LOCATION: SOHS


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