KASA Announces 2023 Cohort of KWEL

KASA Announces 2023 Cohort of KY Women in Education Leadership

(Frankfort, Ky) KASA, The School Leaders Association, is pleased to announce the 2023 cohort of Kentucky Women in Education Leadership (KWEL). The group is comprised of 38 school leaders who were selected through a competitive application process based on specific leadership criteria. Each leader brings a myriad of educational experiences, talent, and the desire to ensure Kentucky’s children receive a world-class education. 

One of the 2023 Cohort Members is our very own, Ann Louise Hance - Principal at Maryville Elementary School.

Cohort members, along with some of the state’s top female executive educators, will gather January 25-26, 2023, at the Brown Hotel in Louisville for an induction ceremony and leadership forum. 

KWEL is a KASA leadership development program designed to strengthen and advance the careers of women working in P-12 public education. The program is led by new director, Dr. Kathy Fields, a 37-year veteran in the education arena who brings experience from numerous leadership positions, including principal, instructional supervisor, chief academic officer, and superintendent

Fields will focus her leadership on increasing the number of females and minority women leading at the executive level, actively engaging high-performing leaders with diverse talents and perspectives and developing and deepening leadership skills.

“Preparation is everything,” said KASA Executive Director Dr. Rhonda Caldwell. “The KWEL program provides a framework to support and guide cohort members to chart their path to high level executive positions within Kentucky’s public schools.

The new cohort members join 168 female colleagues who are reimagining education today. They are the trailblazers who are identifying barriers to equity and excellence for every student for a stronger, healthier Kentucky.”

KASA, The School Leaders Association, is the largest school administrator group in Kentucky, representing more than 3,300 education leaders across the commonwealth. Formed in 1969, KASA connects education leaders to policymakers, legislators, and other interest groups, and provides numerous benefits and services to Kentucky’s school administrators.