Stephanie Winkler, a fourth- and fifth-grade science teacher at Mayfield Elementary School in Madison County, is president-elect of the Kentucky Education Association. She was elected by delegates to the 141st KEA Delegate Assembly April 4 in Louisville.
Winkler, who earned her teaching certificate from Eastern Kentucky University in 1996 and her master’s degree in 2000, has been teaching for 16 years. She joined the KEA Student Program while she was at EKU, and was state KEA SP president during the 1994-1995 school year. She has served as president of the Madison County Education Association and of the 20-county KEA-Central District. She is a member of the KEA Board of Directors.
“KEA members are the only advocates fighting every day for public school employees as well as public school children,” Winkler said. Her first priority as KEA president is “to make certain that people in every community in the state recognize that KEA is the preeminent voice for public education in Kentucky.”
Winkler and KEA vice president-elect Lisa Petrey-Kirk of Anderson County will take office on June 15 and serve three-year terms.
“Being elected KEA President has been a professional goal of mine for years,” Winkler said. “It will afford me the opportunity to advocate for students and employees in our public schools in much broader way. The Madison County community will now have ‘one of their own’ in Frankfort helping to ensure that our public schools receive the best funding, resources, and infrastructure available for students to continue receiving a first class education every day. I look forward to working with the community in accomplishing the educational goals of all our students.”
The 42,000 members of the Kentucky Education Association include teachers and classified employees in Kentucky’s public schools; retired educators; and pre-service teachers working to earn their Kentucky teaching certificates.
“We are so proud to have Stephanie Winkler serving as president of KEA,” said Superintendent Tommy Floyd. “In my time here, her commitment to children has always been obvious as is her commitment to our educators and staff. For Stephanie, it’s about an educated Kentucky and she will excel in this role.”