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 Taylor and Becky Begley.
Tell us about your public school journey. I attended Boyle County Schools from kindergarten at Woodlawn until graduation at Boyle County High School. There is an apparent “team effort” aspect of the education offered there, and it resonates all the way up through the administrators. The staff is invested in the endeavors you choose, and they’re pulling for you to succeed. -Taylor
What aspects of your public education helped mold you into the person you are today? At Boyle County, there’s a culture of success—a strive to be the best. There were high expectations set for me in all aspects of my student-athlete experience, and the schools helped foster a strong work ethic that ultimately led me to where I am today. -Taylor
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? Athletically, my coaches pushed me and taught me to work hard to achieve my goals, resulting in an athletic scholarship to the University of Kentucky. The work ethic I developed on the field went hand in glove with the one learned in the classroom. I became a professor of finance, but Boyle County instilled in me an appreciation for a foundation in math that I was able to translate into finance and economics at the next level. -Taylor
As a product of public education, what advice would you give to a parent who was choosing an education path for their child? This resonates with us because we’re about three years out from sending our older child to kindergarten. We would encourage parents to find a place where the entire staff is invested—where even the top administrators are key stakeholders in your child’s education.
As a product of public schools, what drives you to give back to your local school and/or district? Boyle County is in our DNA. As proud alumni, we lend our support any way we can. We enjoy supporting our nephews and nieces in their endeavors at Boyle County. And while we’re on campus, we love reconnecting with our former teachers and staff, even if we’ve been out so long that some of them are now retired grandparents of current students.
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).