(Springfield, Ky.) – Holly Elmore, Dean of Instruction at Washington County Elementary School and Washington County Middle School was selected to participate in the Kentucky Association of School Administrators Kentucky Women in Education Leadership Forum held on January 19-20, 2018 at the Galt House in Louisville. Elmore was one of 30 women leaders chosen from across the state to attend the competitive cohort, and several female superintendents, including Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran, were invited to attend the conference to provide insight on being a female leader.

A native of Campbellsville, Elmore is a 2000 graduate of Taylor County High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, minoring in secondary education from Campbellsville University in 2004, a Master of Arts in special education from CU in 2009, and a Master of Arts in instructional leadership at the University of the Cumberlands in 2011.

Holly Elmore - Dean of Instruction at WCES/WCMS

Holly Elmore


In addition to networking with other education leaders, Elmore and other attendees of the KWEL Forum enjoyed talks and presentations with advice and encouragement from speakers including Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, former Ms. New Jersey Dr. Joy Jones-Cormack, Dr. Nanette Johnston and Dr. Rhonda Caldwell. Participants also attended a pinning ceremony where they were inducted into the inaugural cohort of KWEL.

“This experience was humbling,” says Elmore. “I sat at a table of distinguished women across the state and I wondered how in the world I had gotten there! It was fascinating to learn how women in different roles have overcome their own personal obstacles and challenges, only to find that was the anchor of their impact. This experience has caused me to look deeply inside myself and search for my calling personally and professionally. In that contemplation, I have found a drive to further my education. I look forward to the journey and appreciate the opportunity to be influenced by such an amazing group of women. I especially appreciate the support and confidence Dr. Cochran has afforded me during my tenure in Washington County. She has been instrumental in my professional growth and that is priceless to me.”

“The Washington County School District is honored to have Holly Elmore participate in KWEL,” said Cochran. “The application process was time consuming and her willingness to commit to the work is commendable. Everyone has the ability to grow and learn, but few will put forth the work and effort to change. Ongoing professional learning is not easy, however, one of the most admirable qualities Mrs. Elmore has is the willingness to continue to improve. We are excited to see the work Mrs. Elmore does and know that her leadership will continue to impact the staff and students of Washington County.”