Garris L. Stroud is a teacher, writer, and education advocate from Greenville, Kentucky. He is a proud graduate of Murray State University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in Spanish. After living and working in schools in Costa Rica during a summer abroad, Garris realized his passion for culturally responsive teaching. He returned home, wrote his thesis on educational equity, and graduated with honors.
Garris returned home to begin teaching in nearby Hopkins County, where he would later be nominated for 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. After his first year of teaching, Garris was named also named Kentucky State Teacher Fellow; the youngest in the history of the fellowship and the first to hail from Hopkins County Schools. In 2018, he was appointed to the Kentucky Commissioner of Education’s Teacher Advisory Council (TAC).
Throughout his leadership roles, Garris has been an advocate for educational equity for students across the Bluegrass. He began writing about equity issues for Education Post in 2017, and founded Kentucky School Talk in early 2018 to continue speaking out on behalf of Kentucky’s kids. He lives in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky with his wife, Kylee, where he also enjoys reading, traveling, and of course, Kentucky basketball.
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