Woodland teacher to work with Kentucky Historical Society

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By Kelly Cantrall

A local teacher will be serving on a state organization dedicated to sharing Kentucky’s past.

Laureen Laumeyer, a teacher at Woodland Elementary School, has been elected as a member of the executive committee of the Kentucky Historical Society. The committee sets policy for KHS, which promotes the state’s heritage through various programs.

Laumeyer’s previous work on a grant-funded history program with a professor at Western Kentucky University caught the attention of the organization. KHS officials were looking for a teacher to serve on the committee, she said, and she was intrigued by the idea.

“They’re really trying to make education a focus,” she said.

Her one-year term begins in January.

Laumeyer still is learning details of her role, but she’s hoping to promote the services KHS offers to teachers across the state. The organization offers mobile programming for schools that can’t travel.

Laumeyer thinks not enough educators know about the offerings.

Laumeyer said her principal at Woodland, Dawn Tarquinio, is supportive of her involvement with the committee.

Laumeyer said she loves history and social studies, and especially is excited to promote state history.

“Kentucky is like the jackpot of all history,” she said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.