When Keith Hale of Inez was a senior at Sheldon Clark High School and a star basketball player, he chose to attend Pikeville College on a basketball scholarship. He gave up his scholarship and returned home to care for his mother and younger brother when faced with unexpected family circumstances. These circumstances required him to review his educational goals and rethink his options to obtaining these goals. He decided to pursue a Welding Technology diploma at Mayo Technical College (MTC). This decision began his path toward success and personal fulfillment.
As fate would have it, he met Bobby McCool, a welding instructor, who became his instructor and one of his strongest supporters. Bobby stated, It was obvious from the very beginning that Keith Hale was no ordinary student. He craved learning and wanted to be among the best. While in welding class, Keiths skills and abilities soaredhe excelled at all aspects of welding. When Keith was asked why he was able to achieve such excellence, he said, The instructors refused to let me settle. They challenged me to challenge myself. Their support and his dedication were rewarded when he received his diploma in 1991.
This success motivated him and with the compassion and caring shown by his instructors, he began to consider the other options available to him. Keith expressed an interest in furthering his education at Morehead State University (MSU) because he stated, I had so many educators who stepped in when I needed it, I felt like I needed to do the same. A tour of the MSU campus sealed the deal for him. Keith was not surprised when Mr. McCool filled out the admission form for me to attend MSU and insisted that I attend.
An MSU representative and Mr. McCool identified twenty-four college credit hours that Keith would receive at MSU based upon his course completion at MTC. This in itself was a feat as both institutions operated under different accrediting agencies and one awarded clock hours while the other one awarded credit hours.
Keith Hale earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding Technology in 1992 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Education in 1994 from MSU. In 1994, Keith began his teaching career at Barren County Middle School and in 1996 he transferred to the high school. Also, Keith pursued his Masters of Arts in Education degree from Western Kentucky University (WKU) while working full time. WKU awarded his degree in 2003. His potential was again recognized when he became Barren County High Schools Assistant Principal in 2003, Associate Principal in 2004 and then Principal from 2005-2010. From January to July in 2011, he served as the Director of Transportation prior to becoming the Principal of Glasgow Independent Schools where he remains today.
Keith is active in both civic and professional organizations, always giving back to others as others gave to him. Throughout his teaching and administrative career, his goal has been to provide students with a quality education and the encouragement to succeed. His words to todays youth on choosing a career and a college: Follow your passion.
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