Meet  Carol Hughey, Ed.S.,

Carol Hughey comes to the Rural KIPDA Community Early Childhood Council as the Early Childhood Specialist with much experience. Shehas worked for more than 34 years in education. Her work in education began in 1980 in New York State as a substitute teacher for all elementary grades and special education classrooms primary through high school.

From 1981-1989 she worked as a Teacher of Exceptional children at the primary and intermediate elementary levels as well as at the middle and high school levels in New York.

In 1989 Carol and her family moved to Kentucky, and she stayed home with her children for a year as she became acclimated to the new state.

In August of 1990 she began working in Oldham County Schools as a Teacher of Exceptional Children at the elementary and middle school levels.

In August of 1995 Carol began her work as the Education Coordinator and Resource Teacher at Oldham County Preschool (a blended Head Start and Kentucky State Funded Preschool serving children ages 3-5).

In 2001 Carol completed the Kentucky Principal Certification program and earned a Specialist in Education degree. She continued at Oldham County Preschool from 2001-2010 as Principal and Education Coordinator. In 2010 Carol was hired by Oldham County Schools to serve as the Director of Oldham County Preschool Program. She served as Director/ Principal and Education Coordinator until her retirement in November 2014.

During her tenure at Oldham County Preschool she was active in numerous community activities and collaborated with community agencies such as Rural KIPDA Community Early Childhood Council ( she served as a representative of Head Start and state funded preschool), Oldham County Public Library Summer Kick off Committee, Oldham County Education Task Force, Oldham County Service Providers (Metro United Way), Oldham County Red Cross, Oldham County Health Department- Healthy Coalition Committee, Family and Youth Resource Center at LaGrange Elementary, born Learning- Metro United Way/Toyota, trained KTIP (Kentucky Teacher Intern Program) Principal/Chair, Kentucky Head Start Association, Kentucky State Funded Preschool Program administrative network and a member of Oldham County Schools Administrative Team.


Carol has the following degrees and certifications:


  • Associate’s Degree in Nursery School and Special Education Paraprofessional, Cazenovia College, New York

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education N-8 and Special Education 0-21; State University College at Geneseo, New York

  • Master’s Degree in Learning and Behavioral Disorders; Buffalo State University, New York

  • Specialist in Education Degree (Ed.S.); University of Louisville, Kentucky

  • New York Teacher Certification: Nursery, Kindergarten and grades 1-6 and Special Education

  • Kentucky Provisional Certificate for Instructional Leadership Principal P-12

  • Kentucky Provisional Certificate for teaching grades K-4 and self contained grades 5 and 6

  • Kentucky Certification for Teachers of Exceptional Children – Learning and Behavior Disorders

  • Certified CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring Scale) Observer; The CLASS is an observation tool that is organized to assess three broad domains of interactions among teachers and children: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support. Each domain includes several dimensions.Collectively, these eleven dimensions assess the extent to which teachers are effectively supporting children’s development, both social and academic.