Greg Ross and his TALME Team
Ebony Hutchinson is currently the Assistant Principal/Professional Growth and Effectiveness Coach at The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek Elementary in Lexington, Kentucky. Ebony was a previous Curriculum and Instructional Coach, District Math Instructional Coach and classroom teacher. She has been trained in Cognitive Coaching and Thinking Strategies from the Public Education and Business Coalition, Adaptive Schools and Rigorous Curriculum Design by Larry Ainsworth among many other effective curriculum and instructional strategies. Ebony’s education philosophy lies under two premises: “Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be…’, Rita Pierson. ‘No significant learning comes without a significant relationship’, James Comer.
Laura McCullough graduated from The University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree as a Literacy Specialist from the University of the Cumberlands. Ms. McCullough has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. This immediate past school year, Laura began serving as an Instructional Coach, coaching teachers through effective planning, lesson delivery, and reflecting to improve student achievement. Ms. McCullough believes in the power of relationships as one of the most important tools as an educator. Laura often quotes one of her favorite educators, Rita Pierson, “But one of the things we never discuss or we rarely discuss is the value and importance of human connection…relationships.” Ms. McCullough is constantly looking for ways to grow as an educator and is passionate about being a lifelong learner.
Greg Ross is the Principal of the Academy for Leadership at Millcreek Elementary (TALME) in Lexington, KY and owner of ACE Educational Services. Formerly, Dr. Ross was the director of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness at the KY Dept. of Ed., overseeing the professional growth and development for teachers and administrators across the state. He is an award-winning teacher and administrator; most recently receiving the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award from the KY Dept. of Education for “Leadership, Commitment and Service Toward Equity and Opportunity in Education” for his role as a school principal in Paducah, KY, transforming a low performing school to one of the top schools in the state. He currently works with the several organizations in providing guidance for teacher-prep programs within higher education. He has also worked with CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) in developing Teacher-Leader Pathways and addressing the needs of turn-a-round schools. He is currently working with the University of Kentucky to provide a lab classroom within his building to connect pre-service teacher candidates to real-time instructional practice. Innovative ways to educate today's minds is one of his primary focuses.