Karla McCarty has over two decades of experience working in education in a variety of capacities. In 2020 she was inducted into the Kentucky Women in Education Leadership Forum and she was recognized as the 2018 Counselor of the Year.  Karla has served multiple state committees for the Kentucky Association of School Administrators and she often travels throughout the state and country providing professional development sessions and conference workshops on multiple educational topics, including school culture and climate improvement, assessment, school program improvement, and strategic decision making.  In her spare time she likes to strap on n her backpack and take a walk in the woods.  She has conquered the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the Grand Canyon, and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  She is currently section hiking her way north on the Appalachian Trail.

EdD Educational Leadership, University of the Cumberlands, 2014

MA Counseling, Morehead State University, 2000

BA English, Morehead State University, 1998

McCarty, K.  (2019). Redefining Excellence.  National Institute for School Leadership Superintendent Academy. Lexington, KY.

Barr, R. & McCarty, K.  (2018).  Building a Culture of Hope:  Enriching Schools with Optimism and Opportunity.  Kentucky Association of School Administrators 50th Annual Leadership Institute (Featured Session), Louisville, KY.

McCarty, K. (2016).  Progress through the Process:  Creating Effective Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) Days.  Kentucky School Board Association Winter Symposium, Louisville, KY.

McCarty, K.  (2016).  Beyond the Soup Bean Dinner:  Promoting Positive PublicPerception with Data Analysis, Social Media, and a Strong School Board Presence. Kentucky School Board Association State Conference, Louisville, KY.

Barr, R., & McCarty, K. (2011).  The Kids Left Behind:  Successful Interventions for Underachieving Students. National Title I Conference, Tampa, FL.

Barr, R., & McCarty, K. (2011).  The Kids Left Behind:  Successful Interventions for Underachieving Students. Learning Forward Summer Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

McCarty, K. (2010).  A Cost Free School Reconstruction. National Forum on Character Education,  San Francisco, CA.

McCarty, K.  (2008).  The Johnson County Way:  3C’s Leadership.  Kentucky High Schools/Middle Schools that Work for Students of Poverty Conference, Richmond, KY.

McCarty, K. (2008).  The Johnson County Way:  3C’s Leadership. Kids Left Behind National Institute, Tucson, AZ.

McCarty, K.  (2006).  Strategies for School Improvement. Improving Educator Quality State Conference, Louisville, KY.

McCarty, K.  (2005).  Project-Based Learning.  Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference, Louisville, KY. 

  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum