Timing can be a weird and wonderful element in a professional educator’s career.
After a few years in a kindergarten classroom, Kali Ervin had the opportunity to become an elementary school library media specialist. She applied and was accepted.
Then a brand new door opened…district Technology Integration Specialist. Being the conscientious individual she is, Kali struggled with inner emotions. Could she give up a new position to seek what she considered a dream job? She did not want to frustrate her new principal.
Things all worked out for the best!
“I honestly can’t believe that I have been given this wonderful opportunity!” Kali smiled. “I began this past school year as a kindergarten teacher at Mount Washington Elementary. One day, my amazing principal, Terri Lewis, approached me about a job opportunity at Shepherdsville as a Library Media Specialist, as she knew this is what I am currently pursuing for my Master’s Degree with an emphasis in Educational Technology. (I don’t know many principals that would be compassionate enough to approach one of their own teachers about a position at another school mid-year, but that’s just how amazing she is.) I served SES in the LMS position for the last 3.5 months of the school year before the TIS job came open. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined leaving a job I was just hired for so quickly, but I immediately began talking to my husband and family about what a great opportunity this would be for me to be able to share my passion for technology with others. Then, of course, I had to talk to Mrs. Lewis. When I got her text back saying, ‘It would be an awesome fit!’ I knew what I had to do. I applied, interviewed and was hired on June 19th. Since then, all the TISs have been so helpful and welcoming. I’m so excited that I have the chance to serve our district with such amazing colleagues!
Kali is assigned to six elementary schools during the 2018-2019 school year - Old Mill, Crossroads, Mount Washington, Pleasant Grove, Roby, and Shepherdsville and is delighted that she will be able to serve the very places she has previous experience.
She feels blessed to work in technology and emphasizes its importance in schools.
“Technology is an ever-increasing reality in the 21st Century. Students today crave the engagement and active learning experiences that technology can so easily provide,” she said. “As a TIS, it is my job to help the educators in our district learn how to implement various types of technology in their classrooms in the most effective ways possible in order to have the highest impact on student learning. Without a TIS, it would be much more difficult for a district to support all teachers in the classroom with the ever-changing world of technology. Having a TIS, or several TISs as is the case in Bullitt County, helps to ensure that all teachers feel supported and willing to try new forms of engaging technology because they understand that they have a TIS to lean on until they become more comfortable. In short, having effective TISs in a district helps directly contribute to student engagement, learning, and achievement.”
Kali earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University in 2013 and also holds a certificate in American Sign Language. That same year, she began teaching as a kindergarten teacher in her hometown of Glasgow, KY.
A year later, she married her high school sweetheart, Trevor, and joined him in Bullitt County where he was already serving as the Band Director at Bullitt East High School.
She feels the best part of working for Bullitt County Public Schools is the people.
“Without a doubt! I feel so blessed to be working in a district with so many amazing educators,” she said. “Everyone both in the schools and communities is so welcoming and immediately give you the sense of ‘home’. No matter what school you walk into, there is just an overwhelming sense of pride, learning, and high expectations. The students, parents, teachers, and administrators are all fantastic to work with.”
Kali is quite involved in her husband’s band program and travels to many of his student musical performances.
Since both families are from Glasgow, they like to visit as often as possible, “My parents, younger brother and in-laws are so supportive,” Kali said.
The couple has a pet tutle named Bruce and plan to adopt a puppy. In her spare time, Kali enjoys reading and kayaking.