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April Pieper Named New Director of KDE Public Schools – Kentucky Teacher

April Pieper was named director of public schools for the Kentucky Department of Education on September 14. Photo submitted

April Pieper has been named Director of Public Schools at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).

Pieper, who was appointed to the role on September 14, most recently served as Education Program Manager in KDE’s Office of Special Education and Early Learning.

As Director of the Public Schools Division, Pieper will oversee the operations and management of Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) in Louisville and Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) in Danville while providing support to leaders school and work with stakeholders to improve student outcomes.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Pieper said. “I know that KSB and KSD have very rich histories and community involvement and I look forward to working with them to help their students achieve their goals.”

Prior to joining KDE, Pieper taught high school English for 12 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English education, two master’s degrees in curriculum and in teaching and educational administration and she took courses on a doctorate in educational leadership at Walden University before transferring his work to Murray State University to pursue the specialty program in education.

She has also earned certifications in English Education (Grades 7-12), Curriculum Supervisor, Student Personnel Director, Special Education Director, School Principal, District Finance Officer and superintendent.

Throughout his time at KDE, Pieper worked closely with the Office of Teaching and Learning to lead the statewide response to the work of intervention, as well as initiatives to college and career readiness. She has also worked with the Office of Assessment and Accountability on college and career readiness and alternative assessment, and the Office of Vocational and Technical Education on career readiness measures and writing. of study programs.

Pieper has also worked with the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children and the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education and Adult Education, now part of the Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development, to bridge the gap between PreK-12 learning and curricula. alternatives or transition. to post-secondary education.

As part of his work, Pieper has helped bring the KDE perspective to the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children and the Kentucky Council for PostSecondary Education and toward consistent language and practices across the agencies.

Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass, who serves as superintendent of both KSB and KSD, said Pieper’s extensive experience in education will serve schools and students well.

“I’m thrilled that April is stepping in and taking on this role,” he said. “His experience in college and career readiness, as well as vocational and technical education, will be invaluable as we continue to work to ensure our students are well-prepared to achieve their life dreams after graduation. of their degree.

Pieper believes that all students should benefit from many experiences and opportunities to help them succeed and achieve their academic and career goals.

She said her priority for this new position is to “work with staff and faculty on both campuses to ensure students are safe, healthy and achieving at high levels.”