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Josh McKeel Receives Excellence in Leadership Award

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Josh McKeel, Deputy Superintendent and Director of Pupil Personnel at Calloway County Schools, has been recognized with the 2021 Excellence in Leadership Award by the Kentucky Association of Public Educators (KAPE). McKeel was recently presented with the award at a Calloway County Board of Education meeting by KAPE Chairman Doug Wilson.

McKeel was chosen for this honor over all school administrators in Kentucky. The award’s nomination criteria are virtue, inspiration, vision, decision-making, instructional leadership, empowerment, innovation, and positivity. McKeel was nominated for the award by KAPE board member Brian Collier and numerous teachers in Calloway County. McKeel is entering his 19th year at in education, all at Calloway County. In addition to his current role, he has also been a teacher, head football coach, athletic director, assistant principal, and principal.

In the nomination, one teacher wrote, “I have never met a man with more honesty and integrity in everything that he does. I know that if I ask Josh about anything, the answer will be thoughtful, professional, and always what’s in the best interest of all students.” Another teacher added, “When he walks in the door anywhere, he is immediately inspiring. He can be anyone’s biggest cheerleader if needed.”

Superintendent Tres Settle concurs with his teachers. “I am extremely proud and excited for Mr. McKeel in the earning of this prestigious honor. The award only solidifies the extraordinary work that Mr. McKeel has done for Calloway County Schools during one of the most difficult years that public education has seen in the past century.  While I certainly celebrate this most recent recognition along with the entire district, it should come as no surprise to anyone who has worked with him; as Mr. McKeel exhibits exemplary leadership on a daily basis and represents Calloway County Schools with great pride, passion, and, most importantly, absolute integrity.  I am excited for Mr. McKeel, his family, and his future in school administration,” stated Settle.

In receiving his award, McKeel replied, “I am extremely honored and humbled to have been nominated and selected for this award. I gladly accept this award on behalf of all the employees, students, and families of Calloway County Schools. We have, and will continue, to work side by side to make Calloway County Schools a great place to live and learn.”  

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