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Lu Young

Published: 7/24/2020 4:05 PM

Supreme Court District 5, Chair

Lu Young of Nicholasville dedicated more than 30 years of service to public education and continues to serve educators through her role with the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Education.

Young is a clinical associate professor in UK's Department of Educational Leadership Studies and the director of UK's Center for Next Generation Leadership and Next Generation Educational Partnerships. She also serves on the UK College of Education Evaluation Center Advisory Board and the Kentucky Association of School Administrators New Superintendents Onboarding Faculty.

She began her teaching career as a classroom teacher in the Jessamine County schools before advancing to the positions of director of curriculum, assistant superintendent and superintendent. She was superintendent from 2004 to 2013 and was named the 2012 Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. She concluded her public education career as chief academic officer for the Fayette County schools.

Young worked as principal research scientist for the Education Division of CNA's Institute for Public Research, which conducts research and analysis on domestic policy issues for government agencies.

Young holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Spanish from Eastern Kentucky University, Rank I and superintendent certifications from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Kentucky University.

She is a graduate of Jessamine County High School.

Young's term will expire April 14, 2024.




Lu Young with STUDENTS and teachers

Kentucky Board of Education Chair Lu Young, second from right, sits on a defense committee at Barret Traditional Middle (Jefferson County). Young began her teaching career as a classroom teacher in the Jessamine County schools before advancing to the positions of director of curriculum, assistant superintendent and superintendent.
Photo by Matt Rogers, Feb. 28, 2020


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​Who is your favorite teacher and why?

“I had so many amazing teachers, but the one who stands out the most is Janet James. She was my 9th-grade English teacher at Jessamine Junior High. What I loved most about Ms. James was that she really fueled my love of reading. She challenged me to pursue my interests and helped me find my voice as a writer and a leader. I later had the pleasure of teaching with Ms. James and getting to know her as a colleague and friend reinforced why she struck such a chord with me.”

 

What was your favorite subject in school and why?

“I loved anything to do with culture and language – even grammar! I went on to major in Spanish and English and became certified to teach both subjects. To this day, I am an avid reader, traveler and lover of world cultures.”


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