Superintendent David Pensol was awarded the first ever Heart of the Community award at the 2020 Farmers Businessmen Banquet on Thursday, March 5th.
Mr. Pensol is employed by the Rockcastle County Board of Education and has served as our district’s Superintendent since 2012. Before that, he served as the district’s Instructional Supervisor, beginning in 2002. From 1994 to 2002, he was the Principal of Roundstone Elementary School and entered his education career as an Elementary School Teacher in Rockcastle County 1991.
Throughout his tenure as an educator, administrator and the chief officer of Rockcastle County Schools, Mr. Pensol has demonstrated a heart for the children of this community, as well as the adults who work within our schools. He has devoted countless hours of his time and leveraged all of the local and state resources he could to help make Rockcastle County Schools not only a leader in the state, but the very best place for children to learn and grow. While not seeking recognition for himself, he has garnered both state and national attention for his work in public education. In 1995, as a new administrator, Mr. Pensol received the Educational Leadership Award from the Prichard Committee on Academic Excellence. In 1997, he was a recipient of the Principal with Principles award from Forward in the Fifth. In 2001, both he and Roundstone Elementary School were recognized in Washington, DC on the Senate Floor as a National Title I school. Most recently, under Mr. Pensol’s leadership, Rockcastle County Schools earned the title, District of Distinction, in 2016, for their high achievement on Kentucky’s state assessments at every level: elementary, middle and high school. His dedication and devotion to public schools and specifically, Rockcastle County Schools, is unparalleled.
In addition to his work in education, Mr. Pensol has volunteered his time through several organizations. He has served as member of the Board of Directors for the Rockcastle County Ambulance since 1984, and as chairperson since 1992 until the present. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Berea Hospital in Berea. Mr. Pensol has also served on the Kentucky Education Commissioner’s Advisory Board for two terms and served on former Governor Paul Patton’s State Literacy Commission. David is a lifelong resident of Rockcastle County and a member and deacon of Brodhead Baptist Church. He and his wife, Kelly Payne Pensol, have two children, son Andrew, along with his wife Cali, and youngest son, Sam, who is following in his parents’ footsteps as an educator.
This year, Mr. Pensol will retire on June 30th, having spent 29 years in the service of educating the citizens of Rockcastle County. His passion for and focus on making certain that ALL children have the opportunity for a world-class education, by removing barriers for those children and creating lifelong learners and eventual contributing members of our society, make him highly deserving of this award.