Heather Bushelman hired as full school board KDE program coordinator
Longtime educator and school counselor Heather Bushelman will join Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff as the full school counseling program coordinator in the Office of Teaching and Learning. She will take up her post on December 20.
Bushelman has been an educator for 19 years. After five years in an elementary class, she decided to become a school counselor. Over the past 14 years, she has created three comprehensive counseling programs in Warren and Boone counties.
Damien Sweeney, Ed.D., director of KDE’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division and former full school board program coordinator, is delighted that Bushelman is joining KDE and said his skills and his knowledge would be beneficial in his new role. She will work alongside school counselors from across the Commonwealth to equip them with best practices.
“We are delighted to have Heather with us at KDE,” said Sweeney. “I have had the pleasure of working with her on several occasions and I know that she will lead the work with competence and compassion. We can’t wait for Heather to start. His leadership with our school counselors will be invaluable.
As Coordinator of the Comprehensive School Counseling Program, Bushelman will oversee minimum high school graduation requirements, individual learning plans and accelerated learning including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge International and double credit. She will also help co-lead work on a Kentucky framework for social and emotional learning.
“Heather understands how important it is to meet the social and emotional needs of each child. If a child is struggling on either of these fronts, we know they will have a much harder time concentrating on their studies in the classroom, ”said Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass . “His knowledge and dedication will benefit students, families and communities across the Commonwealth of Nations. “
Bushelman, who says his passion is to ensure that all Kentucky students have their needs met through the training, collaboration and mentoring of all stakeholders, is looking forward to the latter challenge.
“I am more than delighted to accept this position. Working with our school counselors and stakeholders at all levels of state is truly a dream job and a blessing, ”she said. “Our counselors are among the best in the country and we will continue to strive to do what is best for our students, staff and communities through collaboration and teamwork.”
Bushelman holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Morehead State University and a master’s degree and a grade 1 in elementary and secondary counseling from Western Kentucky University.
She is currently the Elementary Vice-President of the Kentucky School Counselor Association (KSCA) and will assume the position of President-Elect in July 2022. For three years, she served on the KDE School Counselor Advisory Board and most recently the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Working Group. She was recognized for her accomplishments when she was named the 2022 Kentucky School Trustee of the Year.
Bushelman delivered training through SEL-focused statewide presentations as part of the Multi-Level Support Systems and Data-Driven School Boards model at the state conference from the KSCA, the Kentucky Trustees’ Conference, and Rise Up for Resilience in Daviess County. Nationally, she has presented for Texas and California, and has been twice chosen to present at the American School Counselor’s Association national conferences.
Bushelman lives in Boone County with her husband, Eddy, and their two children, Kendall, 14, and Eddy, 11.