Nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Evans took a job as an instructional aide for a special needs student at the Lee County School District, and he never looked back. Now, after more than a decade as Superintendent of the district he calls home, he is recognized widely across Kentucky as a leader with a palpable tenacity for progress, a pulse for lifelong learning, and an avante-garde leader for children from Paducah to Pikeville.
A first-generation college student, Evans’ roots run deep in Lee County soil. He has served as an instructional aide, teacher, assistant principal, principal, transportation director, and superintendent. Evans believes his work in each position has helped him build a cohesive, complex understanding of the full functioning of a school district. He is proud of the model he has set for students and staff of lifelong learning and continuous improvement. In the decade since he became superintendent, he has led the district’s rise in the ranks to top 50 in Kentucky and 1 of 15 districts statewide that are recognized as Districts of Distinction.
Over the years, Dr. Evans has served on over two dozen boards and committees at the state and local levels and has been active in advocacy efforts for Kentucky children. He has testified before the Senate/House Education Committees numerous times regarding the need for Broadband, road improvements, Dual Credit, Computer Science Coding Initiative, funding equality, and the School Calendar. Dr. Evans traveled to Washington D.C. to represent both the district and Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) on a national panel discussion regarding the I3 Grant. He was invited by Microsoft Corporation to speak on a national panel for Computer Science for All at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. Some of his critical roles of service include:
Dr. Evans has also been instrumental in bringing programming to his district, which is located in a “distressed” county per the Appalachian Regional Commission. From grants to partnerships for growth, Dr. Evans has led his district head-on into KASA’s Process Improvement and Performance Excellence (PIPE) work (which yielded a Level 1 Baldrige Performance Excellence Award), earned AdvancED Southern Association District Accreditation, engaged schools in the Perpetuating Excellence in Teaching and Learning initiative through the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), and worked through an extensive Quality Assurance Review Audit and eight KCSS safety audits.He has also worked to bring career pathways in aerospace and engineering through Project Lead the Way and computer science through Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS). Lee County Schools was one of the first four districts nation-wide to implement the Computer Science Pathway with Microsoft. He also instituted a dual credit cohort, started a National Board Certified Teacher Cohort, worked with his board to adopt and 18-year-old dropout rate, and became a Future Ready District. Today, the district is implementing over a dozen grants ranging from health and nutrition to technology education.
Dr. Evans earned a bachelor’s in 1992 from Eastern Kentucky University, master’s in 1999 from Eastern Kentucky University, and doctorate of education from Morehead State University in 2014. He was recognized by the American Association of School Administrators for his doctoral work for School Turnaround, and has been featured in various articles and publications for his advocacy efforts for student academic, social, emotional, and local economic development and infrastructure needs. He was awarded the KSBA Kids First Advocacy Award in 2015, KEDC 2016 Outstanding Superintendent of the Year, KASA 2017 finalist for Kentucky Superintendent of the Year, and 2017 Kentucky School Boards Association F.L. Dupree Superintendent of the Year.