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JCTA was first established in 1968. Over thirty-five years later we are the recognized bargaining agent for over 6,000 certified personnel employed by Jefferson County Public Schools. We represent teachers, librarians, speech clinicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists in every one of the public schools in Jefferson County. 

Our mission is to serve as the active voice of our members; promote quality and equity in public schools; expand and protect the rights and interests of our members; and advocate human, civil and economic rights for all.

» How to use the Cohen Trust for Professional Development


How to use the Cohen Trust for Professional Development


Rationale: The Martin H. Cohen Trust is for the benefit of social studies teachers of Jefferson County Kentucky public schools for the purpose of providing educational and travel grants to teachers of middle school children in Jefferson County, which will reward them for their efforts, refresh them during their summer and provide them with additional insight in the efforts to educate their students. Martin H. Cohen was a former public school teacher who passed away on September 18, 2000.  This trust is for middle school social studies teachers to travel for conferences and to bring information/new ideas to their students.  There is a total of $15,000 in the Martin H. Cohen trust and each applicant is eligible for up to $1500 to use toward professional learning. 



      Teachers will submit an application that describes their learning opportunity and how they will bring the information back to the JCTA Board, JCPS Social Studies Lead, and their students.

      Applications will be reviewed by the JCPS Social Studies Lead, a deeper learning Resource Teacher, and one member of the JCTA board that is not a district resource teacher, instructional coach, or instructional lead.  The application review team will have two weeks to review applications and to submit the names of teachers who are approved. 

      Teachers who are approved will receive their funds accordingly. 

      All receipts and vouchers will be turned in within 45 days of the end of the conference.  If receipts and vouchers are not submitted timely, the teacher is responsible for reimbursing the funds requested back to the Association. 

      Teachers who were approved for funding will present their information learned and how they will use the information with students to the JCTA board and the Social Studies Instructional Lead at a future JCTA Bd of Directors meeting.




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2019 DEAP Candidate List

Please vote for 2 candidates

Tim Amshoff. Marion C Moore.  In education for 23 years, jcps for 21. I have served at central high, fern creek high, iroquois high and marion c moore. Ktip mentor, sbdm rep, and multiple committee member including principal selection amd climate and culture. Hold rank1 from university of Louisville. 


Andrew Bailey, Fairdale High. I have served as your JCTA Treasurer for over ten years and I would be honored to be your representative on the appeals panel.  I will ensure that every teacher has a fair hearing and will demand evidence to prove a teacher’s evaluation is accurate.  I ask for your vote.


Kenneth Beam, Lassiter Middle. I am Kenneth Beam and am running for reelection to DEAP. I have been a PR for several years, Team Leader, Dept. Chair and served as SBDM Rep. I have the experience and know how to be a voice of reason. I would appreciate your vote.

Missy Benz, Atkinson Academy. I am currently a Resource Teacher at Atkinson Academy.  I've been a teacher in JCPS for 19 years.  I have been through the DEAP process before and would love to serve on the committee. 


Beverly Chester-Burton, Ed.S. Maryhurst Academy. I believe that as educators, we must be leaders in our profession.  I would like to be your DEAP representative.  Our members deserve to have honest hearings.  I promise to address your concerns to ensure a fair appeal process.  I have served on the JCTA/KEA Board of Directors.


Philip Dunnagan, Highland MS.  JCTA member from first day.  JCTA Building Rep. for several years.  Legal background. It has never been harder to be a teacher than it is now.  Will work to ensure that teachers receive all Due Process Rights during the Evaluation Process.  Would appreciate your vote.


Aletha Fields, Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academy.  As a veteran JCTA PR, I would like to further support teachers during the appeals process. I believe in having fair and balanced representation for teachers to ensure our rights are protected and honored. 


Terrilyn Fleming, Brown School. I’ve been an educator for 21 years. Previously, I was appointed to serve on the KEA legal assistance panel. I am fair, responsible, and sensible. I humbly ask for your vote!


Kristin Hagan Ed.S., Seneca High School. Fifteen years of teaching experience in both middle and high school within the Oldham and Jefferson County Public School Systems.  Dedicated to serving students and families while supporting and uplifting colleagues and staff members. 




Lydia Jones, Crosby Middle. I’m Lydia Jones, building PR, TRS Nominating Committee, and 10-year ECE Teacher at Crosby Middle. As an educator I value the teaching profession.  Having a voice would ensure equality for all educators. Your vote and support would be greatly appreciated.


Patricia Lightfoot, Lowe Elementary. My name is Patricia Lightfoot and this is my 22nd year of teaching elementary. I am very involved at my school as well as in JCTA. I serve as our school's PR and work close with our UD. I would like to serve on the DEAP committee to help others. 


Lesley McConn, Robert Frost Sixth-Grade Academy.  Currently, I serve as the Academic Instructional Coach for Frost Sixth-Grade Academy.  Previously, I have taught 1,3,4,5th, and served as a related arts (computer lab and Library Media Specialist).  I have also formerly been an Assistant Principal in another county and am currently working on my Gifted. . ..


George Nichols, Iroquois. I George I Nichols Jr would like to express my interest and willingness to serve on the District Evaluation Panel for summative evaluation appeals.  I look forward to the training to learn more about the appeal process and the summative evaluation process as well.  If selected I will serve with. . .



Ron Olson, Southern High School. 35 years teaching experience, NBCT Social Studies 2007 and renewed in 2017, Certified in both Social Studies and English



David Pepper, Academy @ Shawnee.



Kumar Rashad, Breckinridge- Metro. I promise to represent JCTA as hard as i can. 



Tierra Ross, Western Middle School for the Arts. I am a middle school science teacher that advocates for teachers everywhere. I would love the opportunity to serve on this panel because I come from a diverse environment and I enjoy working helping teachers become more successful.



Andrea Stacy, Wilkerson Elementary.

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