Biography of Authors

Biography of Authors

BIO Information for Jim Flynn

Jim Flynn, Superintendent of Simpson County Schools located in Franklin, Kentucky is in his 10th year as superintendent of leading a fairly small, rural school district that has a significant amount of diversity ethnically and socioeconomically. Prior to his arrival, Simpson County Schools had experienced a rapid turnover of superintendents. As a result, he has endeavored to lead the district through a transformative process. During his tenure as superintendent, the district has successfully implemented a common vision that focuses on empowering all students to graduate life ready – prepared socially and academically for college and/or careers. His decisions always reflect this vision. To drive this vision forward, he leads the school system to pursue answers to five fundamental questions that guide the mission:
  1. How do we build positive, professional relationships with our students, their families, and one another to foster a culture of learning and excellence?
  2. How do we ensure all students have access to and are taught the standards we expect them to know and be able to do in order to college and/or career ready?
  3. How do we measure the progress of our students to ensure they are learning the standards?
  4. How are we responding with interventions and supports when they struggle to meet our standards?
  5. How are we enriching and stretching the learning of our students who are meeting or exceeding our learning goals?

These questions keep the schools focused on getting each and every student engaged around the knowledge and skills needed to achieve life-readiness for the 21st Century.

Superintendent Flynn is active in his local community. He serves on both the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority Board of Directors. Additionally, he is an active board member with the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative. At the state level, he was appointed to and serves on the Local Superintendents Advisory Committee and the Superintendents Advisory Committee to the Commissioner of Education. He serves the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents as President-Elect in 2012-2013. He is a member of KASA, AASA, KSBA, and ASCD.

Prior to becoming superintendent, He was principal of Shelby County High School for six years. Additionally, he served as a teacher, coach, dean of students, and assistant principal in a career that has spanned 24 years.

Jim began his post-secondary education after graduating from Bowling Green High School in 1982. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986 in biology from Western Kentucky University. He earned his Master of Science degree in biology and secondary education from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Jim continued his graduate studies at WKU, earning a Rank I in Educational Leadership with a high school principal certificate and a superintendent certificate. In January 2011, he enrolled in the Executive Doctoral Program at Northern Kentucky University. As a Learning Associate in a cohort with five other experienced, innovative, and reflective superintendents, he reflects, “I have grown immensely in my role as an educational leader.” He anticipates graduating with an Educational Doctoral Degree in May 2013.

Jim is married to Natalie, who is a Reading Specialist at Briarwood Elementary in Warren County. They have three children, Bracken (who attends Rice University), Hunter (who attends WKU), and Bretton (who is a fourth grader).

Vitae - James Flynn

BIO Information for Dot Perkins

Dorothy B. Perkins, or “Dot Perkins” as most people know her, is the Superintendent of the Gallatin County Schools in Warsaw, Kentucky - a position she has held for the past 11 years of her 31-year educational career all in Gallatin County. Dot is a graduate of Gallatin County High School, as well, where she played basketball and went on to play collegiately at Morehead State University. She is the recent past chairperson of the Ohio Valley Educational Co-op and the President-elect of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents. She serves on LSAC (Legislative Superintendent Advisory Council) and SAC (Superintendent Advisory Council). She is also a member of the Teacher Effectiveness Steering Committee that makes recommendations for the new Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.

She believes that leadership must be “lived” and that, when you are in a position of leadership, you are responsible for using your leadership gifts and talents to serve others and make the world a better place, especially for children. You cannot hide your leadership, but must instead have the courage to step forward, take risks, and lead or get out of the way so someone else can.

During her tenure as superintendent, Ms. Perkins has led the Gallatin County School District to initiate several new programs and accomplishments including the following:

*Successfully led initiative to add a nickel tax for facility construction/renovation
*Completed construction of high school gymnasium, implemented construction of
high school athletic fields
*Facilitated construction of new upper elementary and middle school centers
*Facilitated renovation and expansion of lower elementary
*Added Head Start and Early Head Start
*Partnered with local sheriff’s department to add a School Resource Officer
*Participated in the Voluntary Assistance Model to improve the district
*Implemented Instructional Rounds
*Implemented the District Instructional Leadership Team to provide professional
development for administrators and teacher leaders
*Implemented Superintendent Focus Groups for certified staff, classified staff,
parents, business/community, and senior citizens
*Implemented Superintendent Advisory Councils for high school students and
middle school students
*Increased instructional technology throughout the district
*Continuous improvement in ACT scores and State Accountability
*Pilot Site for Teacher Professional Growth & Effectiveness System
*Participates in the Literacy Design Collaborative and Math Design Collaborative with
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dot has served in numerous roles throughout her career including classroom teacher, basketball coach, cheerleading sponsor, tennis coach, FCA sponsor, athletic director, assistant principal, director of district wide services which included transportation director, health services, professional development coordinator, Family Resource & Youth Service Center Supervisor, and now as superintendent. She has a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share.

Dot is one of only two successful basketball coaches in Gallatin County to take a team to the “Sweet 16” State Basketball Tourney in 1997. The other was “Jock” Sutherland in 1959.

She is a single mother who has raised two successful sons: Austin, 27, an agriculture economics graduate from the University of Kentucky and Cody, 23, a history graduate from Georgetown College.

Vitae-Dorothy B. Perkins