Hamby talks student success at finalist showcase

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By Kacie Goode

Travis Hamby says he is passionate about personalized learning, something that is taking root in Nelson County, and something of which he would like to be part. Seeing students reach their potential is what Hamby focused on Thursday afternoon during his finalist showcase for Nelson County Schools superintendent. The event was held at My Old Kentucky Home Middle School.

Hamby has served the last seven years as superintendent of Trigg County Schools and said in his application he believes instructional learning is the highest priority of a district superintendent. In his brief talk Thursday, he shared some of his priorities with community members who gathered for the meet-and-greet.

Hamby said it is important to build a school system where every voice and perspective is honored, and that the district has a common vision and high expectations to support student success. He said a district must be able to create learning environments in which students are not only learning content, but are also experiencing content.

“To really become mathematicians and scientists, and writers and composers, " and historians, he said. "To be engaged and to be excited about the learning experiences they are having, not just for the ability to do well on a test, but to do something that is making a difference; that is having an impact in their world and their community.”

Hamby said schools have a responsibility to help students discover and develop their passions, and to equip those students with what is necessary to not only be successful academically, but also as young adults entering the world.

Prior to serving as superintendent for Trigg County, Hamby served three years as assistant superintendent of operations and personnel with that district. Hamby also served three years as principal with South Todd Elementary, four years as assistant principal with Todd County Middle, three-and-a-half years as a math teacher with Hopkins County Central High School, and a year-and-a-half as a math teacher with James Madison Middle School in Hopkins County.

Hamby earned a master of arts in education with a focus in school administration and principal certification from Murray State University in 1999. In 2004, he earned his Rank 1 superintendent certification from Murray State.  

Hamby, the only candidate currently serving as a superintendent with another school system, is the last of three finalists to showcase for the position. He was interviewed by the Board of Education Thursday evening. The board has a special-called meeting set for Friday evening where a decision on the next district leader could be announced if a consensus is reached. The other two finalists for the position are local candidate Wes Bradley, principal of Thomas Nelson High School, and Chuck Abell, assistant superintendent of Spencer County Schools who has also applied for the Bardstown City Schools superintendent position. Additional comments from Hamby can be found on his application at the link below:

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY CANDIDATES.These forms include letters of interest and additional comments from candidates on qualities, skills and experience.