Educators. That’s who we are. Reading people. Kid people. Kentucky people. Even dog people!
The Academic Edge’s Kentucky division is located in Lexington, Kentucky. Academic Edge Kentucky has been providing high-quality reading, literacy, math, and test preparation tutoring offline and online in Kentucky and throughout the United States for over 30 years! And we’ve been providing educational consulting to Kentucky school districts, Kentucky schools, and Kentucky classrooms for just as long.
The Kentucky division licenses and supports online, researched-based programs that have proven to increase student performance in the classroom and on high stake tests. AEI Lexington bring exceptional professional development that trains and motivates teachers to use the programs, and our ongoing strategic management and follow up assures success. Learn more about our sales and support of our own and third-party online learning solutions in Kentucky.
About Academic Edge Kentucky: Our People
Founder & Director
Betsy is a reading specialist and the founder of the Academic Edge, 1984, and a private school for children who learn differently, Woodbridge Academy, 1989. She spent 12 years in public schools as an English and social studies teacher, teacher of the gifted, and then as a reading teacher/consultant.
Spending 45+ years as a career educator has been at times heart-wrenching, but mostly inspiring. Our future is truly based on the success of our young ones.
Marketing & Chief Financial Officer
George joined the Academic Edge soon after Betsy started Woodbridge Academy to help with public relations and fund-raising. The passion for helping students learn to read well is infectious, and so the couple has been working together for children since the 80’s.
Remember, to reach more kids, it is important to listen well and offer solutions that will help schools succeed.
Sandy Barefoot is the consultant for Jefferson County and the surrounding counties. Her passion for helping children learn to read, together with her sales and marketing expertise, combine to help teachers motivate their students toward measurable gains.
This is my dream position as I love to see children learn and I love building long-term relationships that help move children forward.
Brad Hilton, who is the consultant for Central and Northern Kentucky since 2013, is an excellent educator with 5 years as a K-5 classroom teacher in Fayette County. He has also worked as a para-educator for several years in the field of special education getting hands-on experience with children with special learning needs.
I believe in keeping our reading support and solutions simple, and easy, for the teachers to implement and see the gains students can make. If its not easy, it doesn’t matter how well it works because people won’t use it!
Lori Phelps, is the AE consultant for Eastern, Kentucky. Her abilities in the classroom have proven effective, as her students have always performed at high levels.
I feel blessed to have found a second career that allows me to continue making a difference in the lives of Kentucky students.
Michelle Lee, COO, oversees district sales and the state of Kentucky. She has a sales background managing properties, but became an educator because she wanted to make a difference. And, that she does.
I like nothing better than using results to show successes and to make instructional decisions for the children.
Tony Minton is the consultant for South Central and Western Kentucky. With over 30 years in the field of education, he brings experience from the classroom, technology department and administrative office in Ohio County. Serving as a teacher in the classroom for 10 plus years, he is familiar with many of the issues teachers face when trying to help young readers.
I had a wonderful career as a teacher and administrator in Ohio County. Now I am able to positively affect the lives of many more teachers and the students they inspire. It is great fun!
Lauren is Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky’s sales and implementation consultant for the Academic Edge, Inc. She loves working with others in education, especially working on challenging educational problems as well as helping others establish and meet short- and long-term goals.
With the ever-changing technological world, it is imperative that we change with our students. I am thrilled to be able to make such a difference by providing them with the tools they need to improve, enhance, and prosper in literacy.
Emily is Northeastern Kentucky and Southern Ohio sales and implementation consultant for the Academic Edge, Inc.
With excellent experience in program initiative, staff development, data analysis, teaching strategies and standards in elementary, as an educator and administrator I have developed a leadership style that values good external and internal communication and a firm commitment for helping staff and students to enhance their education.