Owensboro Middle School Principal Alisha Ferry was recently inducted into the 2022 Class of Kentucky Women in Education Leadership. Chosen through a competitive application process based on specific leadership criteria, these leaders bring with them “a myriad of education experience, talent, and desire to ensure all students receive a world-class education.”
“I am thrilled to have been selected to KWEL,” Ferry said. “Being selected will give me an opportunity to learn new skills and have a support group throughout the state.”
Ferry said she decided to become an administrator to continue to support the school she loves.
“Being an administrator means impacting the lives of more students, teachers, and families,” she said. “I enjoy my job because every day is different and I get to spend a lot of time problem-solving. I enjoy the time I get to spend with the students and the opportunity to see them both inside the classroom and during academic, sporting, and fine art events.”
She said some of the best moments of her job happen outside the school building.
“My favorite memories and highlights of my time as a teacher and administrator are seeing previous students out in the community and making a difference,” she said. “A simple act of a student acknowledging the impact you had on their life is priceless.”
The 2022 KWEL inductees, along with some of the state’s top female executive educators, will convene Jan. 27-28 in Louisville for an induction ceremony and leadership forum.
Now in its fifth year, KWEL is designed for women working in P-12 public education who wish to strengthen or advance their careers. KWEL members benefit from a support system, leadership development opportunities, career advancement, shared experiences through a network of ongoing professional growth and development, coaching and mentoring, and reward and recognition for exemplary leaders.
The KWEL forum, “Together We Rise,” is set for Jan. 27-28 and will bring both experienced and aspiring leaders together. According to a release, the forum’s purpose is three-fold.
“First, it will give women who are currently serving in an executive leadership role the opportunity to mentor other women aspiring to lead at the same level,” the release reads. “Second, it will support women who aspire to lead but may need the confidence, courage and support to take the next step. Finally, this network can give all women serving in an executive leadership role an additional support system unique to the needs of women and the challenges they face.”