(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Allison Carney has been named the new gifted and talented coordinator/resource teacher for Washington County Schools, according to an announcement from Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. Carney is a 2004 graduate of Rockcastle County High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Transylvania University in 2008 and Master of Arts from the University of the Cumberlands in 2010. Just last month, she received her Rank I in school improvement with an endorsement in gifted education from Campbellsville University.
Carney began her career as an instructional assistant at Rockcastle County Schools while finishing her education. She has been teaching in Washington County since 2010 at North Washington Elementary/Middle School, in various grades and subjects including 7th grade English/Language Arts, 8th grade writing and 6th grade social studies. She has also served as sponsor for the school’s Jr. Beta Club, and coached the NWMS academic team and volleyball team.
“I have always found gifted and talented education an area of interest, but it was one I felt was somewhat overlooked in my teacher preparation program,” says Carney. “This is why I pursued my endorsement in it while working on my Rank I. I wanted to learn how I could better serve my students who were gifted. When the opportunity came to not only do this in my individual classroom, but to do it around the entire district, I jumped at the chance. I felt like this is what I had worked and studied for – to help these students – and now I had the opportunity to do just that.”
Carney says she believes that gifted and talented students deserve the opportunity to develop their talents and gifts through quality programming and services and hopes to bring her knowledge and experience to these students to help them not only achieve their goals, but to flourish. “I want them to have the best possible educational experience, so they are prepared to go on to their next level of education or training, and become our future leaders, doctors, teachers artists, engineers, etc.,” says Carney. “I look forward to working with teachers throughout this district, as well as community leaders to provide opportunities to our gifted and talented students.”
“We are pleased to have Allison Carney as our new gifted and talented resource teacher,” says Cherry Boyles, chief academic officer for the district. “Allison brings years of classroom experience and has already begun discussing new strategies for working with our gifted students and their families.”