(FRANKFORT, KY) – Educators Rising Kentucky has named six students to its team of state officials for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Student government officials include:

  • President: Ashlynn Johnson, Marion C. Moore School (District 3);
  • President-elect: Hunter Carr, Graves County High School (District 1);
  • Co-Director of Membership: Aubree Stamper, Graves County High School (District 1);
  • Co-Director of Membership: Philena Ash, Bullitt Central High School (Region 4);
  • Director of Communications: Lily Russell, Ignite Institute (Region 6);
  • Director of Outreach and Service: Mckinley Heard, South Warren High School/WKU Young Men’s Leadership Academy (Region 2).

Educators Rising Kentucky, formerly known as Future Educators of America, is a career and technical student organization (CTSO) for middle and high school students interested in careers in education.

Educators Rising’s mission is to raise a new generation of highly qualified educators by guiding young people from high school through college to a teaching career. They do this by partnering with aspiring educators who reflect the demographics of their communities and who are passionate about serving those communities through public education.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with such an impressive team of young people. They have already demonstrated their leadership skills and passion to serve their communities,” said Camille Overstreet, consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education’s Teaching and Learning Pathways program and state coordinator of the Educators Rising program.

As the state chapter of a national organization, Educators Rising Kentucky partners with Phi Delta Kappa, a professional organization that supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession throughout their careers.

Educators Rising’s vision is to create a clear path in every school district for young people who want to serve their communities as highly qualified teachers.

“We have seen growth in these areas across the commonwealth, and I look forward to working with this team and implementing new and innovative ways to continue to advance our programs,” Overstreet said.

Through this national network, students build resources and create connections that can significantly impact educational opportunities through extracurricular and co-curricular activities, participate in projects that assist teachers, and participate in performance-based competitions.

Lily Russell will represent the state as a delegate at the 2024 National Educators Rising Conference taking place this month in Washington, DC.

These student leaders will be involved in the planning and execution of the state conference and will meet with state legislators to discuss the needs of future teachers. Additionally, they will represent Educators Rising Kentucky at regional events across the Commonwealth and at the national conference in June 2025.