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Kentucky 2019

Teachers can access NEED curriculum online. As resources are available, teacher workshops
and hands-on kits are available. Individual state curriculum correlations are available here.

Karen Reagor

State Coordinator
The NEED Project
Tel: 859-802-2024


About The Kentucky NEED Project

The Kentucky National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is the state program of the
National Energy Education Development Project, a not-for-profit education association that focuses on
K-12 energy education. NEED provides workshops for teachers, grade-appropriate curriculum materials
and kits for energy activities in the classroom. NEED also assists schools in forming student energy teams
that study how energy is used in the schools and implements programs to help reduce energy consumption.

Program Highlights

Kentucky Youth Awards Program (YAP) for Energy Achievement:  In April, Kentucky NEED hosts our annual YAP Awards Luncheon in partnership with the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools program.  Student groups are recognized for the energy and environmental projects they have completed during the school year.

Kentucky Energy Tour:  In June we host our annual Energy Tour for Kentucky Educators, spending five (5) days on a tour bus visiting energy sites across the Commonwealth.  We have a three year rotation, visiting sites in east, central and western Kentucky.

Kentucky is fortunate to have program sponsors who provide funding for schools across the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (KOEP)
Koep has funded our Kentucky program for over 20 years, through State Energy Program (SEP) and Coal Education funds. This support allows us to host one-day teacher workshops across the Commonwealth.  They also support our Student Energy Team program and our Kentucky Youth Awards Program. The coal education funds support our five (5) day Energy Tour.

East Kentucky Power Cooperative and Member Coops: Blue Grass Energy, Grayson RECC, Cumberland Valley Electric, Jackson Energy, Salt River 
These energy cooperatives provide funding to support teachers in their service territories to attend our 1-day workshops and other training opportunities.

Non-funding Partners

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC)
EKPC has been a longtime supporter of our program providing resources for teachers and logistical support for our energy tours.

A.M. Yealey Elementary
Florence, KY

Project Title: A.M. Yealey Energy News Team
Teacher Advisor: Julia Deevers-Rich
Student Directors: Trisha Maheshwari and Hope Warning


Anne Mason Elementary
Georgetown, KY
Kentucky Elementary School of the Year
Project Title:
Crazy About Crayons
Teacher Advisor: Natasha Conlee
Student Directors: Claire Stanley, Claire Inabinet, Keegan Bell, Audrey Heithoff

Ballyshannon Middle School
Union, KY
Project Title: Ballyshannon Middle School's Energy Team
Teacher Advisor: Jennifer White
Student Director: Isabella Ingram


Burlington Elementary School
Burlington, KY

Project Title: Ecology at Burlington Elementary School
Teacher Advisor: Heather Breitenstein
Student Director: Loretta Herter

Camp Ernst Middle School
Burlington, KY

Project Title: CEMS Energy/Green Team
Teacher Advisor: Scott King
Student Director: Jack Keeney


Caywood Elementary
Edgewood, KY

Project Title: Caywood Energy Team
Teacher Advisor: Brittany Hoersting
Student Director: Kathy Niehaus

Collins Elementary
Florence, KY

Project Title: Recycling
Teacher Advisor: Jenny Brown
Student Directors: Brayan Arvizu Mata, Livia Gabbard

Florence Elementary School
Florence, KY
Project Title: Compost Bin
Teacher Advisor: Amanda Byrd
Student Director: Abdi Jama


Kelly Elementary School
Burlington, KY

Project Title: Duke Energy Project
Teacher Advisor: Julie Maddox
Student Directors: Kaitlynn Gripshover and Ben Cathey


Lloyd Memorial High School
Erlanger, KY
Kentucky Senior School of the Year
Project Title:
Can I Get a Watt Watt Year 5
Teacher Advisor: Melissa Stolz
Student Directors: Grace Herrmann, Miranda Massmann, Shauna Kitts

Metcalfe County Middle School
Edmonton, KY
Kentucky Junior Rookie of the Year

Project Title: Metcalfe County Middle School Need Project
Teacher Advisor: Lesley London
Student Directors: Aubrey Glass and Allie Judd


New Haven Elementary
Union, KY
Project Title: Straight to the Source
Teacher Advisor: Susan Anderson
Student Director: Karen Lenihan


North Middle School 
Radcliff, KY
Project Title: 
Recycling Team
Teacher Advisor: Jodie Crowder
Student Director: Diego Herrada


North Pointe Elementary School
Hebron, KY

Project Title: North Pointe Recycling Team
Teacher Advisor: Casey Voisard

Ockerman Middle School
Florence, KY
Project Title:
Let's Talk Energy
Teacher Advisor: Jennifer Davis
Student Directors: Molly Weaver & Audrey Randolph


Old Mill Elementary
Mt. Washington, KY

Project Title: Old Mill NEED Project 2019
Teacher Advisor: Tammy Reed
Student Directors: Brooklyn Ciarlante, Kodie Wood


SCAPA Bluegrass
Lexington, KY
Kentucky Elementary School of the Year

Project Title:
The Bagstreet Boys: Plastic Bags Ain't Nothin' but a Mistake
Teacher Advisor: Ashlie Arkwright
Student Directors:
Shayda Alsalihi, Jayden Young, Sofia Wu, Nora Mack, Violet Ferguson, Jamie Cook, Marianne Gebb

St. Agnes
Louisville, KY

Kentucky Elementary School of the Year
Project Title: 
School Health and Energy Awareness in the Community
Teacher Advisor: Kelley Mullaney-Schleg
Student Directors:Maggie Young, Alex Moss, Anthony Passafiume, Lily Barker, Agnes Boyer


Tichenor Middle School
Erlanger, KY
Project Title:
Tichenor Middle Energy Team
Teacher Advisor: Dustin Hager
Student Director: Binta Yero


Warren Central High School
Bowling Green, KY
Project Title:
Generating Clean Energy and Educating Future Leaders
Student Director: Nathan Dick

Kentucky Power/AEP CFL Project 

Working with KP/AEP partners, Kentucky NEED planned and facilitated three professional development opportunities for seventh grade teachers in the service territory in support of the utilities’ CFL project. NEED curriculum and resources that support energy efficiency lessons were provided.

High Performance Sustainable School Buildings Workshop

The 2013 Kentucky NEED High Performance Sustainable School Buildings Workshop, held in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI) continues to impact energy efficient school design in Kentucky. During workshop sessions, school administrators, architects and engineers heard from design experts and administrators about a holistic, systems approach to school design and renovation. A program highlight was a presentation by Kenton County high school students on their research of energy efficient design opportunities in their district.             


Kentucky Energy in Education Collaboration

During the ARRA funded years, Kentucky developed a successful collaboration of several organizations working to address energy issues in K-12 schools. When the funding ended, three of these organizations chose to continue the collaboration. Kentucky NEED, Kentucky Green & Healthy Schools Program and the School Energy Manager Project are carrying on their partnership to work in support of teachers and students who want to learn about and address energy and environmental issues in their schools.             



If you would like more information on becoming a KY NEED sponsor or partner, please contact Karen Reagor at