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Gayle Box visits Big Sandy to observe Empower Math curriculum in Adult Education

Gayle Box, center, senior associate for college and career prep at Kentucky Adult Education, smiles as she watches Adult Education Specialist II/Instructor Virginia Williamson Jones, left, converse with students Margaret Prater and Michelle Craft during a visit to Floyd County Adult Education on Tuesday, April 25 on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

Students earning their GED® diplomas face many challenges inside and outside of the classroom.  For many students, completing the math portion of the GED® test is the most difficult obstacle in obtaining a GED. 

Kentucky Adult Education is working to help with that. 

Gayle Box, senior associate for college and career preparation at Kentucky Adult Education, visited Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Mayo and Prestonsburg campuses on April 24-25.  She was there to witness the culmination of work on the Empower Math curriculum, which is a pilot program in 20 counties delivered to pre-GED® math students. 

“My visit is a culmination of many months of hard work by dedicated educators from across the Commonwealth,” said Box. “This curriculum teaches students to reason mathematically as they learn basic number sense.  Math is about reasoning and making connections rather than memorization.” 

Box said the highlight of her trip was participating with students in the classroom. 

“It was great to see our teachers and students interacting,” she said. “The work being done in Adult Education in eastern Kentucky is essential to ensuring that this area thrives, educationally and economically.” 

Dr. Jennifer Leedy, director of Floyd County and Johnson County Adult Education programs, said having Box on campus was a real treat to both students and her staff. 

“The Empower curriculum is special, and we have watched it evolve in the classroom this year,” said Dr. Leedy. “It was great to have [Gayle] visit us and interact with both our students and our staff.  I’m proud of the work we are doing in making the dream of GED® credential a reality for those who seek it.” 

For more information on Adult Education programs in Floyd and Johnson counties, contact Dr. Leedy at (606) 788-2827 or email