ON EDUCATING LARUE: New employees welcomed by school district

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By Ron Benningfield

 The LaRue County School District strives to employ the most capable and professional teachers and support staff in our schools.

This year, several people have joined the district in various positions.

Kyle Goodlett is serving as assistant principal at LaRue County High School.

Having spent the last nine years teaching social studies at Elizabethtown High School, the Anderson County native holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Kentucky University and a master’s degree in instructional leadership from the University of the Cumberlands. 

A 1979 LCHS graduate, Karen Downs has returned to the district as Abraham Lincoln Elementary School principal. 

Downs began her teaching career at Magnolia Elementary. She has served as librarian and as an elementary principal in another district as well as a Highly Skilled Educator with the Kentucky Department of Education. 

Jason Detre, a 1999 LCHS graduate, is serving as interim vice principal at LaRue County Middle School. Detre received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from WKU in 2003 and also holds a master’s in special education and Rank I in administration from Western.

He taught agriculture at Nelson County High School, was an assistant principal at Spencer County Middle School, principal of New Haven(K-8) School for two years and was director of student services in Hancock County.

Pam Miller is the new ALES school administrative manager. A LaRue County native and LCHS graduate, Miller worked for seven years as an instructional assistant at Magnolia Elementary followed by eight years as administrative assistant at South Fork Baptist Church. 

Amanda Lyle is the newest member of the eighth grade team where she teaches math at LaRue County Middle School.

Lyle grew up in Metcalfe County. A senior class valedictorian and Governor’s Scholar, she attended Campbellsville University and Western Kentucky University where she graduated with honors, receiving a bachelor’s degree in middle grades math and language arts.  

Danielle Brown teaches second grade at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. A 2006 LCHS graduate, Brown attended Saint Catharine College on a basketball scholarship, playing four years while obtaining a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. 

Jennifer Perkins Propes is the library media specialist at ALES.

The WKU graduate holds a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education, master’s in library media and Rank I certification from the University of the Cumberlands. 

She taught reading and writing for six years at Bardstown Middle school, worked at Kids Crew and as a substitute teacher in the LaRue County School System.

A 2002 LCHS graduate, Nichole Nimmo, is a part-time instructional assistant in the high school’s math department. Rhonda Carson is an instructional assistant at LCMS.

Family Services has two new part-time assistants‚ Sheila Arnette at Hodgenville and Diane Miller at central office.

New bus drivers include Christy Robbins, Anthony Underwood and Peggy Jones.