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Meet our new staff!

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Keeley Disponette, 1st grade teacher

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My name is Keeley Disponette and I am a first year, first grade teacher here at Rosa Parks! Although it is my first year in my own room, I feel right at home here at RPE. I was the building substitute during the 2021-2022 school year! When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with friends, family, going to concerts, and the lake. I am so excited to be a part of the best! 


Aaron Dowdell, District Mental Health Specialist

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Aaron Dowdell is a Licensed Family Therapist joining RPE as a District Mental Health Specialist. He is married to a fellow a FCPS employee at Yates Elementary and  together they have 3 biological children, a current foster son, and 2 dogs!  Aaron is excited to be joining the school system and is excited to get to know the students and staff! Go Trailblazers! 


Ginny Harney, 5th grade teacher

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Hi! My name is Ginny Harney and this is my tenth year teaching. I am originally from Elizabethtown, KY, but have called Lexington home for nearly 18 years.  I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2009. I have a Bachelors in Business Administration and Elementary Education.  I received my Masters in Teacher Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands. I am married to Jonathan Harney who is a Physical Therapist here in Lexington. We have a four-year-old daughter, Emmy Lynn, and a one-year-old son, Fisher. We also have a dog named Marley. When I’m not at school, I love to spend time with family, check out local restaurants, shops, and music, walk/run in our neighborhood or the arboretum, and cheer on our Wildcats! I have always admired the amazing work that I’ve seen and heard about coming from the Rosa Parks family and now I am beyond excited at the opportunity to be a Trailblazer! 


Sarah Kimball, BeWell teacher

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I’ve been a classroom teacher since 2000 and love that I now teach BeWell in Schools: mindfulness, movement, and meditation. I’m passionate about this program and eager to spread the science of breathing to students, staff, and families in our community! I also love spending time with my partner and sons exploring the outdoors!


Carrie Knight, 1st grade teacher

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Shay Burnett, special education paraeducator


Whitney Johnston, classroom assistant

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Erin Spaulding, special education paraeducator

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Wendy Winn, special education paraeducator

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I just recently moved from Wisconsin to Lexington, Kentucky to be closer to my family.  To start with I have four children…Kayla, is my oldest daughter who currently lives in Minnesota and just recently got married this past summer.  She is in her second year of law school at St. Thomas in Minnesota.  Brit is my second oldest and currently lives in Wisconsin.  She is in Marketing and does several different things for various companies.  J.J. is my third child and plays football for Northern Illinois.  He is working toward his business degree.Lastly, Michael, is my youngest son.  He recently graduated from high school and is attending the U of  Louisville as a Freshman.  He is playing baseball for the U of L.  In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends.  I also enjoy watching my sons play the game they love.  I love going to games and/or watching the Packers and Brewers play.  I also love to work out and spend time on the water when able to.