(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Wayne Stevens has been named district literacy coach and Tina Sagrecy has been named district math coach for the Washington County School District, according to an announcement from Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. Stevens is a 1993 graduate of Betsy Lane High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education from Morehead State University in 1998 and a Master of Education in school administration from the University of Kentucky in 2003. He then received his Rank I in educational policy studies and evaluation in 2012 and a Master of Science in Education in higher education in 2016, both from UK as well. Stevens has several years of experience in teaching social studies and instructional coaching, his most recent position being an instructional specialist for Fayette County Public Schools.
Stevens’ position comes in conjunction with the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant that the district was awarded earlier this year, through which funding is provided for the position. “I am excited to work with wonderful educators in Washington County,” says Stevens. “In my role as district literacy coach, I hope to provide both educators and our local partners with the support necessary to transform how students experience literacy. This experience is essential to ensure that all students have equitable access to academic and career opportunities. In the words of Dr. Timothy Shanahan, a lack of literacy has an isolating effect. I want our students to have learning experiences that prepare them to research, inquire and communicate with our local and global community.”
Sagrecy is 1990 graduate of Washington County High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in middle grade education with an emphasis in language arts and math in 1995 from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Master of Arts in Education in instructional leadership in 2003 also from EKU. Sagrecy has many years of experience as a math teacher, and has been with the Washington County School District since 2000 with her most recent position being director of college, career and community services. “I am looking forward to the challenges this new position brings and working with teachers in the district to support and improve our successes in math,” says Sagrecy.
Chief Academic Officer Cherry Boyles said the district is thankful to have Stevens as the new district literacy coach. “His prior experiences have prepared him to support improvements in literacy instruction across all grade levels and content areas,” says Boyles. “Wayne has great expertise collaborating with teachers as they implement new practices. These skills will be essential as we implement new literacy models over the next two years.” Boyles said that the district was also fortunate to have a person as dedicated to improving student learning as Sagrecy. “The work she has been doing in math interventions has proven very successful with struggling secondary students. We are looking forward to this opportunity for her to collaborate across the district in order to support improvements in math instruction for all students.”