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  • Adrienne Usher and Rachelle Bramlage-Schomburg Selected for Induction into 2019 KASA Cohort of Kentu

    Adrienne Usher and Rachelle Bramlage-Schomburg
    Selected for Induction into 2019 KASA Cohort of
    Kentucky Women in Education Leadership
    District Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Adrienne Usher and Director of
    Secondary Education Rachelle Bramlage-Schomburg have been inducted into the 2019
    cohort of Kentucky Women in Education Leadership.
    They are among 24 professionals selected by the Kentucky Association of School
    Administrators and the Center for Education Leadership.
    Usher said she is honored and very excited to have been selected for participation in
    Cohort 2 of KWEL.
    “I am looking forward to the experience of growing my professional learning for the
    purpose of growing future leaders within the field of education,” she said.
    Bramlage-Schomburg said she heard there were approximately 50-75 applicants and
    only 25 selected.
    “The percentage being accepted didn’t seem high therefore, my first reaction was
    absolutely surprised. Humbled immediately followed,” she said. “Proud was also
    embedded as to representing Bullitt County not only as one of their leaders, more
    importantly, all the things Bullitt County has taught me.”
    The KASA website describes KWEL as designed for women working for P-12 in public
    education who are entering or advancing their careers.
    KASA Executive Deputy Director Rhonda Caldwell, Ed.D., said KWEL is defining the
    future for women in public education while building on the foundation laid by the
    Kentucky Women in School Administration, which was KASA’s first women’s initiative
    in the 1980s and 1990s when few women held leadership positions in school districts.

    “KWEL members will benefit from a support system, leadership development
    opportunities, career advancement, shared experiences through a network of on-going
    professional growth and development, coaching and mentoring, and reward and
    recognition of women who are exemplary leaders,” Caldwell noted.
    Leadership qualities were a focal point in the selection criteria.
    “Student-driven in which all decisions revolve around how to improve student learning

    focusing on this question: What is the probable impact of student learning?” Bramlage-
    Schomburg remarked. “This happens by developing leaders, being a team member, and

    allowing others to provide feedback for me to continue to grow.”
    Usher said one of the contributions she would like to make to the field of education is
    ensuring there are solid mentoring networks that help identify future leaders and providing
    the individualized support to help grow and develop their leadership traits.
    “Just as teacher effectiveness is crucial to student learning, leadership effectiveness is
    also a key ingredient to instructional and organizational effectiveness which creates the
    right conditions for high teacher effectiveness and positive student outcomes,” she said.
    “Based on this contribution, I feel that my application was congruent to the purpose of the
    KWEL program.”
    The KWEL forum brings both experienced and aspiring leaders together for an
    extraordinary opportunity. Its purpose is three-fold:
     It will give women currently serving in an educational leadership role the
    opportunities to mentor other women aspiring to lead at the same level;
     Support women that aspire to lead but may need the confidence, courage and
    support to take the next step.
     This network can give all women serving in an executive leadership role an
    additional support system unique to the needs of women and the challenges they
    face.
    The leadership Usher wants to bring to the forum is being able to use her leadership
    strengths as a way to provide support for other women leaders in the cohort while also
    modeling the reflective skills that is needed to keep a growth mindset for continued
    development of her leadership traits.

    “I hope to gain new knowledge to increase my effectiveness as a leader for our students,
    staff and community in Bullitt County,” Usher said. “I also am looking forward to
    increasing my system of support with new mentors and colleagues who are working toward
    the same goals for their own professional development as well as through their service to
    students. This experience will impact my work as a leader in our district by continuing to
    grow my own perspective, decision-making, collaboration and critical thinking skills to
    continue moving our district forward in instructional and organizational system
    improvements.”
    Bramlage-Schomburg said, “Professionally, it’s all about student learning and the
    constant development of leaders. Personally, it is about the intentional goal-setting, the
    power of reflection, and surrounding myself with people and experiences that challenge
    and help me to grow as a learner and a leader.”
    A quote from Gandhi is one in which Bramlage-Schomburg attempts to live by: “Be the
    change you wish to see in the world.”
    “Education is that change as well as surrounding yourself with growth minded
    colleagues who may or may not have more experience but can push you to grow in ways
    you didn’t think could happen,” she said. “I want to grow to become better. Therefore, I
    hope to learn from others in how I can better serve the community of Bullitt County.”
    Bramlage-Schomburg added she will continue to work to inspire others, to allow
    creativity such that individuals are willing to take a risk for the benefit of students and their
    learning.
    “It is my goal to create systems that clearly support student learning and build the
    leadership capacity of others such that the systems become self-sufficient, enduring beyond
    my tenure. I want this forum to help support my growth and my North Star,” she said.
    Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,100 students in grades preschool through 12.
    There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff of over 800
    working to make the district the leader in educational excellence.