Telling Our Story KY: Maria Montgomery


Together, the Kentucky Association of Educational Cooperatives, Kentucky Association of School Administrators, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents and Kentucky School Boards Association launched a collaborative effort to highlight the incalculable impact of Kentucky’s 171 public school districts on their local communities. We strongly believe the power of public schools is most evident in the stories we tell. Stories of hope and transformation. Stories of equity. Stories of inspiration. Stories of success.

Here is the story of Maria Montgomery.


Tell us about your public school journey. I am a proud graduate of Boyle County Schools. I was a student there when we broke the state record for the number of consecutive AAA football state championships won, so that was an absolute blast! Plus, our rival school in the same city also won their class of football state championship games simultaneously most years, so it was just so fun to be part of something so special.

What aspects of your public education helped mold you into the person you are today? I believe the general life experiences and interpersonal skills gained during my education helped me become who I am today. Boyle County Schools was, and still is, full of people who are super kind and supportive of my not-so-small-town dreams. The way they cheered me on, even after graduation, was life-changing. They are the people who gave me the hope that I could accomplish big things!

When you think back on your experience in public school, are there specific instances or relationships that stand out to you as having had a significant impact on your success since graduating? Absolutely. I had several teachers who really took the time to get to know me and my friends on a personal level. We were much more than just a grade in their class. They provided life advice, guidance and simply someone to talk to! Their support, as I chased my dreams, was priceless.

As a product of public education, what advice would you give to a parent who was choosing an education path for their child? I believe that public education provides an accurate view of the population and the people you will be around in the real world. There is nothing wrong with private education, but I'm personally glad my parents chose public schools because it made me who I am today.

As a product of public schools, what drives you to give back to your local school and/or district? Again, it's all about the support. The people of my school taught me how to be who I am today. I was much more shy back in high school, and the teachers and staff helped to encourage me to be more outgoing and confident. Plus, the career dreams I had weren't very common at Boyle, so I really needed their guidance that it's ok to be different and strive after what God put into my heart to do.


The #TellingOurStoryKy initiative is made possible by the collaborative efforts of: Kentucky Association of Educational Cooperatives (KAEC), Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative (CKEC), Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC), Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA), Kentucky Association of School Superintendents (KASS), Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC), Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA), Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services (NKCES), Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC), Southeast/South-Central Educational Cooperative (SESC) and West Kentucky Educational Cooperative (WKEC).

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