The Lexington Herald-Leader reports:
Kentucky’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, who is gay, says he is leaving the K-12 classroom “to make the most difference, and the discrimination and lack of support prevent me from making that difference.”
After 17 years being a public school teacher, Willie Carver Jr. said he decided to leave the classroom and take a position at the University of Kentucky in student support services.
Carver, who had been teaching high school in Montgomery County, told the Herald-Leader that “vocal anti-LGBTQ extremists at school board meetings (and on social media) have been personally attacking me and my former students.” Carver said he had been unable to find support from his school administration.
Read the full article.
Last month Carver testified before a House subcommittee about accusations that he was “grooming students.” Watch the clip.
Kentucky’s 2022 Teacher of the Year said he is leaving the K-12 classroom in part because of discrimination. Willie Carver Jr. has been a public school teacher for 17 years. https://t.co/NYyltUpwtJ
— Lexington Herald-Leader (@heraldleader) June 23, 2022
For 17 years, teacher Willie Carver has been fighting for students to feel human, to be safe, and stop fear by changing hearts and minds.
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) May 19, 2022