Picture This

Picture this. How many times have you said these words when you are preparing to tell or share something that has happened? We want the person we are talking with to visualize the story we are sharing. Letcher County Central High School is so blessed and fortunate to have Doug Adams as our Art instructor. […]

Create and Be Heard

Last year, I walked into my Sophomore English classes to explain The Holler absolutely sure that they were going to think that the opportunity was as awesome as I did. Instead, after talking to twenty-five blank expressions for ten minutes, I stopped mid-sentence. What I had said wasn’t sparking anything in them, so I rephrased […]

Our School Our Story

Three, two, one, action! Hello everyone, my name is Rebekah Gooslin and for the past five years, this has been my role at Phelps Elementary. Since the first day I was interviewed, our principal asked if I would bring the Arts back into our school. I thought, “How amazing is this? I get to go […]

The Beginning of Our Journey Down the Holler

In the late 70’s, it was difficult to get an art education job in my hometown area, so I continued working outside of my field thinking I would never get a chance at my Plan “A.” After working 19 years in the coal mining industry, fate brought me to Paintsville Independent Schools to use the […]

I Wrote a Novel in 58 Days…

To accomplish this I used the problem-solving model I developed while writing my coursework in college and while programming for all my technology endeavors. If the average novel is 70-80k words, how can I break that into something manageable? I knew the story I wanted to tell and I had a good grasp on who I thought the characters were, all I needed was a plan to get it all written

Mockingbirds: Creating a Comic Page

A couple of months ago I started working on a comic book idea with my friend Christopher Epling called Mockingbirds. The general concept centers a young man comes home from WWI and his hometown is different than he remembers. The first storyline is 6-issues with the first issue coming in at 28 pages and the rest […]

Why I’m at the Holler

I love the Holler. I never thought I would spend so much time in my life sitting in front of a laptop editing video from educators across the region; I never thought I would spend time in the KVEC office in Hazard filming a discussion on the future of the region involving Governor Patton; I […]

404 Monster Hour of Code Challenge

Creating a video game is difficult. I know this because I’ve tried, and failed, multiple times. Even the simplest game is a daunting task to take on, so for this year’s Hour of Code stream I wanted to give myself a coding and design challenge that could be solved in a couple of hours and […]

Pulling the Thread

Attempting innovation in education Introduction Finding consensus of what it means to be innovative in the classroom, or education in general, could prove to be difficult, if not impossible. It is easy to get caught up in equipment like iPads and new computers but most teachers would probably agree that the presence of the new […]