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Brenda Pirtle has been named District Director of Secondary Education. She succeeds Robb Smith who takes over as Bellevue Independent School’s Superintendent July 1.
This is Pirtle’s fifth leadership role in Bullitt County Public Schools. She was both assistant and principal at Brooks Elementary School, a district monitoring administrator, and principal of the Bullitt Alternative Center and the Riverview Opportunity Center.
“I am very excited to continue my career with BCPS,” she said. “The new position will allow me to continue my work with instruction and curriculum in a much broader capacity. My career has provided many great opportunities, particularly with BCPS, to lead me to this new opportunity. I will work hard to do everything in my power to support the people and programs of BCPS. I am excited and ready to get started.”
Her top priority will be College and Career Readiness which has been a district focus the past two years.
“I will do everything possible to support every child in the district being college or career ready,” Pirtle noted. “Although this is a huge undertaking, I believe the district at all levels has the capacity to lead the students in setting goals, developing plans, and creating futures for success.”
She feels every step this far of her educational career has been in preparation for the work she is about to undertake.
“I taught at the elementary and middle school levels, was a principal at the elementary and middle school levels and was the District Monitoring Administrator for middle schools,” she said. “With this, I monitored instruction, lesson planning and assessments.”
“While running alternative programs for BCPS, I was able to work with a variety of student learning experiences which included Bullitt Academy of Math and Science, Career Readiness Center, Teenage Parenting Program and Bullitt Alternative Center for students with specific needs related to behaviors,” she continued. “I feel very well rounded in my experience and blessed to work alongside the very best in each position. I have learned many things from excellent colleagues and look forward to the opportunity to continue to grow in my field while supporting everyone in the district.”
There is no rivalry in Pirtle’s college career. She earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Home Economics from the University of Kentucky in 1986 followed three years later by a Master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Louisville.
In 1997, Pirtle received her Administrative Certification (K-12) from Western Kentucky University.
Her trainings and certifications include Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline (KYCID) and CHAMPS Classroom Management Strategy in 2005, Constructed Response Training in 2011 and On-Demand Writing, Quality Writing Assessments and Data Teams Certified in 2012.
The Pirtle family consists of her husband, Jon, who owns and operates Smith Auto Supply, a small auto parts business serving Meade County and surrounding areas, and three children. Madeline is a graduate of the University of Louisville and works in the medical field. Caroline is a sophomore at Bellarmine University. She is in the field of Exercise Science and hopes to become a Physician’s Assistant or Physical Therapist. Jake is a junior at Elizabethtown High School and participates in baseball and cross country.
“I am very proud of my entire family,” Pirtle said. “I would not be here today without each one of them. I am blessed to have a family who supports me in a career in which I love and have dedicated my entire life.”
In her spare time, Pirtle is a runner. She has run in four Triple Crowns that includes a mini marathon.
Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,200 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified st