Lieutenant Governor Speaks at Georgetown Middle School Program | New

Jacqueline Coleman, Kentucky Lieutenant Governor and Governor Andy Beshear’s right-hand man, visited Georgetown Middle School on Wednesday to speak to students about the importance of their struggles and encourage them to push for their successes despite the adversities they may face. in the future.

Coleman, who is also a basketball educator and coach, said her road to lieutenant governor was not an easy one, noting her 2014 election loss to Republican Rep. Kim King for a seat. at the State House, previously owned by Coleman’s father, Jack Coleman. .

“In my first race, I lost,” she said. “I think that’s a very important part of this story because I want you to know that things don’t always go your way. Even if your heart is in the right place and you really want to help in certain areas, it won’t always go the way you want it to.

She didn’t let the loss hold her back for long, adding that she returned to her classroom the next morning to work harder, Coleman said.

“I showed up at school. I turned on the lights in my classroom and got to work because I tried my best and it didn’t work out but I still had work to do,” she said. declared. “I had a decision to make: was I going to let this be the end for me, or was I going to keep fighting for the things I believed in?”

Coleman continued to speak to students about the importance of perseverance, not just in a political capacity, but in life, which ultimately led to her becoming the 58th Lieutenant Governor in 2019 after serving team with Governor Andy Beshear.

Kristin Gerton, a career choices teacher at GMS, said Coleman’s wrestling story is unique and she hopes her students will learn positive lessons from her visit. She added that Coleman’s visit was part of the school’s “Future Friday” programs. Gerton said the school is working with Coleman’s schedule so she can speak to students on Wednesday.

“Exposure is essential in so many aspects of life that having someone who is so influential in the state is kind of an irreplaceable situation and someone we could have walked into,” Gerton said.

In an interview with the News-Graphic, Gerton said that teaching his students that life is not just “black and white, but gray” and that “each person’s experiences lead them into the positions they are in” is an important part of learning.

“Understanding that people’s struggles matter to their stories, and if they struggle, they’re not over,” she said. “They can come away with all kinds of career options even though they can’t make such good decisions in middle school or even high school or in various parts of their lives.”

She and the staff at the GMS Family Resource Office have been fortunate to see so many people participate in the program during the school year, Gerton said.

The school’s principal, Shane Pickerill, said his students seemed delighted to see people from a variety of career fields, adding that they often asked questions about moving into a certain area of ​​work.

“I thought it was great to be able to have someone like the lieutenant governor, but also to have a woman come in and talk about different career opportunities and what she’s done,” he said. “It was great for our school and the students, and I hope it was great for her to come see a great school too.”

Students were able to ask Coleman questions at the end of the program, which GMS eighth-grader Bryn Hargis said helped bring a broader perspective to politics for her.

“It taught me and my friends what the lieutenant governor does, so I finally have a deeper meaning,” she said. “I’m not a political person, and I found it really interesting to speak in front of the schools.”

Hargis said it was “comfortable” to hear a woman’s own experiences, noting that Coleman’s title sounds like a position that a man would rather hold.

“It was really cool to see a woman talking about this stuff and being a leader,” she said.

Hargis classmate Krystin Coomer added that it’s important that students like her have the opportunity to learn things they can do with their lives. Coomer said hearing Coleman’s story was one she could apply to her own struggles in the future.

“You’re not always going to win the first time, and you have to keep trying harder. I think her saying she kept trying made a lot of people not afraid to keep trying,” Coomer said.