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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dr. Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education was selected as Kentucky’s fifth commissioner of education in July 2009.

Holliday served as superintendent of the more than 20,000-student Iredell-Statesville school district from 2002 until 2009. Holliday’s previous experience includes serving as superintendent, associate superintendent, director of accountability, principal, assistant principal, director of instrumental music and band director in North Carolina and South Carolina.

In December 2010, Holliday was named to the board of directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) for 2010-11. In September 2011, Holliday was appointed to serve a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board. The board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card.

Holliday is the co-author of Running All the Red Lights: A Journey of System-Wide Educational Reform.

Holliday earned a bachelor’s degree from Furman University; a master’s degree and education specialist degree from Winthrop University; and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Gary Griesser completed a 27-year career as a professional educator in Kentucky and began a new career as a motivational speaker. His Bachelors Degree in Music Education equips him to uniquely blend his speaking with his rich baritone singing voice to earn him the title “Singing Motivator”.

The program Even Eagles Need A Push has been shared with hundreds of groups with outstanding evaluations.  Gary has a wonderful ability to inspire, challenge and entertain his audiences.


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