Leslie County High School Principal Kevin Gay was honored earlier this week at The White House as a 'Champion of Change' by the U.S. Department of Education.
On Tuesday, Principal Gay was joined by eleven other educators from across the country who have made a positive impact in their communities.
Principal Gay took over a persistently low achieving school in Hyden in the fall of 2010.
He embraced the idea that accountability belongs to all stakeholders in the organization and he holds all accountable, including himself.
He is a rural Eastern Kentucky native who believes that poverty is not a permanent condition and that students at Leslie County High School should be competitive with anyone else in the world.
Principal Gay is proud to have led Leslie County High to sixteenth on the state's Transitional Academic Index and believes student success will only continue to improve based on obtaining and analyzing data to make decisions.
"Principal Kevin Gay has exemplified what it means to be a true leader in the education system," said Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers.
"His inspiration to students has resulted in higher test scores, greater achievement rates, and advanced college readiness for Leslie County high schoolers. Principal Gay's notable distinction gives me great pride in our region and I am confident that his work will serve as a source of inspiration for nearby schools in southern and eastern Kentucky," said Congressman Rogers.