A former Elizabethtown woman has been named editor of Kentucky Teacher.

Jacqueline Thompson, who graduated from Elizabethtown High School and also at one time lived in Hodgenville, was announced Wednesday as editor for the Kentucky Department of Education publication.

“My teachers there fostered a true love of learning and a desire to stay curious,” she said in a self-published announcement on the Kentucky Teacher website. “My love of writing and storytelling began at a young age. Aside from my parents, who taught my siblings and I to prioritize our education, my teachers were among the first to encourage me to use writing and storytelling as a form of self-expression.”

A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Thompson has served as the department’s information officer since February 2021 and writer for Kentucky Teacher.

“In my new role, my goal is to make Kentucky Teacher the first place you go for your education updates,” she said in her post on the website. “Whether you are an educator, student, family member, school board member or community stakeholder, I want Kentucky Teacher to represent you.”

Thompson said she also wants to highlight education stakeholders across Kentucky.

“I grew up surrounded by educators: my mother, a former elementary school teacher and current high school interventionist; my grandmother, a former high school English teacher; and my late grandfather, an elementary school teacher turned psychology graduate professor,” she said. “I later met my fiancé when he was a first-year teacher. I am not only very familiar with the challenges that our teachers and school employees face, but also their amazing selflessness.”

Along with a redesign of the publication, Thompson is involved in the implementation of United We Learn, an initiative to highlight how Kentucky educators, families and community leaders will use innovation and best practices to prepare students for the future.

“Education stakeholders from all backgrounds are working to find out what works best at the local level and expand successful programs statewide,” she said. “This bold and forward-thinking process will create a more student-centered learning experience that gives all children an equal opportunity for success.

“I hope you continue to enjoy the content Kentucky Teacher provides,” she said.

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