New Oldham County Superintendent Jason Radford stresses the importance of school culture
Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of stories Kentucky Teacher is publishing about new superintendents for the 2021-2022 school year.
By Shelby Stills
Jason Radford is on a new educational journey, beginning his term as the new County of Oldham Superintendent on July 1. He replaces Greg Schultz, who retired on June 30, after five years with County Oldham and a total of 31 years in education.
Radford previously served as assistant superintendent of schools for Boone County, where he led the Office of School and System Improvement. He has held various positions in the education sector, including Education Recovery Officer at Newport High School (Newport Independent), National School Leadership Coach, and Title I District Director for the Ministry. of Kentucky Education.
He also served as a teacher, vice principal, and principal in Scott County.
Radford holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education/fitness from the University of Campbellsville, a master’s degree in secondary education and teaching from Georgetown College, a rank 1 and certifications in educational leadership and administration from the Eastern Kentucky University, and a doctorate in education from Morehead State University.
A native of Burkesville, Radford said he comes from a long line of educators who fueled his passion for learning and teaching.
“I love children and I care about people. Being an educator means trying to ensure that every student reaches their highest level and has the best experience,” he said.
Looking back on his career, Radford says the biggest challenge he’s faced is “making sure we recruit and retain the best teachers for every student.” But he admits it has prepared him for his next role and he plans to work hard to ensure he provides the very best for all pupils at County Oldham schools.
However, Radford said one of the biggest hurdles Kentucky schools currently face is getting students back into the classroom after the COVID shutdown and providing a supportive environment.
“We want to support every student and meet the needs of every student,” he said.
When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, a fellow teacher and his three children. He and his family love to travel, be outdoors and attend sporting events together.
As for this upcoming school year, Radford said her main goal in County Oldham is “to listen, learn and connect with teachers, leaders and the community.”