Paula Smith, Principal
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Principal Paula Smith has a Bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education, a Master’s degree in Middle School Social Studies Education, and an Ed.S. degree and Rank I in Educational Leadership from the University of Kentucky.
Mrs. Smith was named one of the state’s top history teachers by the Kentucky Historical Society and Who’s Who among American Teachers. She was also awarded the Alice Lloyd College Education Award and received the national honor on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for the National Energy Education District (NEED) School of the Year. She has led students to KYA, KUNA, National History Day, and annual trips to Washington, D.C. She has been a SACS Accreditation Chairperson, KTIP Resource Teacher, and KTIP Principal. She has also led students and families on many international tours and has traveled abroad extensively.
Amy smith, dean of the faculty
Mrs. Smith holds a Bachelor's degree in Middle School Education from Pikeville College, and a Master's in Library Science from Eastern Kentucky University. She has spent the majority of her career in parochial schools in the Diocese of Lexington, teaching science and social studies, and serving as a Library Media Specialist in both public and parochial schools.
In 2012, she embarked upon her passion of leadership where she served as an Assistant Principal for two years. During this time, she completed her Rank I at Morehead State University with an Ed.S. degree, including the completion of her Principal certification. Mrs. Smith also holds a level 1 certification as Instructional Supervisor and Director of Pupil Personnel.
It is with excitement and honor that she welcomes the opportunity to serve at Christ the King School. She is dedicated in acting as a servant-leader to both the school and the larger community.
Kelley Taylor '01, DEAN OF STUDENTS
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Year Started: 2009
Mrs. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Middle School English and Language Arts from Georgetown College. She also has a Master's degree in Teacher Leadership with an endorsement in Gifted Education from Georgetown College.
Prior to starting her role as Dean of Students, Mrs. Taylor served as a CKS classroom teacher beginning in 2009, during which time she was awarded the Region 11 (Central KY) Outstanding Civic Education Leadership award and was named a Kentucky Colonel in March 2011. She was also named Edmodian of the Year for 2013.
Christine gibson, School Guidance Counselor
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Year Started: 2015
Mrs. Gibson has a bachelor's degree in English and French Education from Purdue University. Her master's degree in School Counseling and doctorate in Educational Leadership are from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Mrs. Gibson has spent her whole career in education, teaching ten years at the middle school and high school levels and nine years at the college level teaching future teachers. She has served on KTIP committees as a resource teacher and as a teacher educator. Mrs. Gibson has two young children, and when she has any free time she enjoys writing. She has written two books published by Liguori Publications: Saints on Call: Everyday Devotions for Moms, and Stay Mr. and Mrs. After You're Mom and Dad.
TRACY CUPOLO, Preschool director
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Year Started: 1996
Mrs. Cupolo has a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Pathology and a degree in Elementary Education from EKU. She also has a Master's degree in Elementary reading Instruction through the University of the Cumberlands. Mrs. Cupolo has presented at the national I Teach K conference, OCEA conference, and co-authored Stirring Up Literacy: A Guide to Teaching Emergent Reading. She also serves as director of the after school program, chairs the Stewardship Committee and organizes the Summer camps at CKS.
Stephanie Hall, success program director
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Year Started: 2009
Stephanie Hall is the Instructional Specialist and Success Program Director at Christ the King. She has an undergraduate degree in Special Education from Bellarmine College and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville. She joined the staff in 2009 with 14 years of public school teaching and administrative experience in the field of Special Education. Mrs. Hall has additional experience teaching and coordinating reading tutorial programs for dyslexic students in both Louisville and Frankfort. She is a certified Dyslexia Screener and Consultant. She coordinates the Raising the Bar Program for dyslexic students which utilizes the Barton Reading and Spelling Program. Mrs. Hall also teaches Learning Strategies classes for 5th through 8th grades and coordinates all other academic support services. She offers consultation for student with special needs and writes accommodation plans. She is a mentor for John Paul II House.