Joy Buckingham, Technology Resource Teacher
Joy was born in Glasgow, Kentucky ("... I will not
tell you how many years ago, but less than Jeff Jones!" [I deny
it! - the editor]), and her parents brought her home to Metcalfe
County. The family moved to Barren County a year later. Joy graduated from
Park City High School, a school at which she taught years later.
Buckingham attended Western Kentucky University and the University of Texas at El Paso, graduating
from WKU with a
teaching certificate for grades 1-8. She has a Masters from WKU which added kindergarten
certification, and earned a Rank
1 using the Kentucky State Education Option entitled "Science
Integrating Technology in the Classroom." Like many educational
technology specialists, most of her skills in technology are self-taught.
Before joining the Fayette County Office of Educational
Technology in the fall of 2000, Joy taught in Barren County, teaching
every grade for which she was certified. She substituted into 9-12
classrooms as well, teaching everything from agriculture to music
("...and [I] can't even play an instrument!"). Her current
responsibilities include attending to the technology integration needs of
Johnson, Arlington and Mary Todd Elementary schools. Joy is also the
coordinator of the Digital Storytelling initiative, which is in pilot at
Yates, Dixie, Meadowthorpe, Northern, Stonewall and Veterans Park Elementary, as a
part of her commitment to early literacy.
Joy cites religion as an important part of her life and
attends South Side Church of Christ or South Green Street Church of
Christ, depending on which town she's in on Wednesdays and Sundays. With
her free time, she likes to sew, and counts amongst her successes her
daughter's prom and wedding dress. She especially likes working without a
pattern. She also enjoys her two granddaughters, first grader Morgan, and
kindergartener Katy Ann, and camps - both primitive and RV. Beyond that,
"...I'm one of the lucky people whose job IS my hobby. I'm always
fascinated with what computers can do and amazed at how we can learn
something new everyday about technology."
Joy still maintains a home in Glasgow which she visits
on weekends, but is slowly becoming a "citified" Lexingtonian.
She has two daughters - Amy, a registered nurse at St. Joseph Hospital,
and Brandy, Hart County Federal Crops Coordinator, and counts amongst her
other children "...numerous dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits, cows, horses,
gerbils, hamsters, snakes, turtles and gardens."
Simpson, Coordinator - Educational Television
Simpson is a native Lexingtonian, attending Picadome Elementary, and Tates
Creek Junior and Senior High Schools. His family moved to Charleston,
South Carolina in the middle of his junior year, and he graduated from
Middleton High School there in 1976. From there, Dick went to the
University of South Carolina, earning a Bachelors of Arts in
Dick subsequently returned to Lexington, and has been
working at Fayette County Schools ever since, starting as a field producer
right out of college. He became Coordinator of Educational Television in
August 2001, and has provided the leadership for many new initiatives,
including sports broadcasts and new technical capabilities. His face (and
voice) are frequently a part of many of Channel 13's broadcasts, including
play-by-play for high school games!
Beyond the workplace, Dick enjoys time with his family,
Broadway shows, sports, and reading. He is an American History buff, with
particular interest in the American Civil War. He is also an avid runner,
having successfully competed in and completed two marathons. He lives in
Lexington with wife Cindy, a media specialist at Veterans Park Elementary.
Their eight-year-old daughter Elaine also attends Veterans Park. Cindy's
son Patrick graduates from Tates Creek this June, and daughter Claire
graduates from Western Kentucky University this month. A cat, Sammy, and a
Yorkie, Staci, round out the Simpson household.