Meet Your State Captain


Philip Shepherd 

A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1976.

Taught band in Rowan County Schools, in Morehead, KY, from 1976 to 1985. Acquired a Master of Music Education degree while there from Morehead State University. 

Moved to Tracy, California in 1985 to teach at Tracy Joint Union High School. Taught there from 1985 to 1992, teaching band, choir, orchestra, guitar and an arts survey class. While teaching in California acquired a Master of Education Administration degree from the University of San Francisco. 

Moved to Lexington in 1992 to take the Coordinator for Fine Arts position for Fayette County Public Schools. Worked directly with all arts teachers in the district including music, visual art, theatre, and dance teachers.

In 2001 took a position with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) as the state Arts and Humanities Consultant. Served in that role until 2009 before retiring. 

Worked as a consultant from 2009 until 2013 doing various projects for Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and teaching in the KET online Distance Learning program.

Served as the Project Director for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards overseeing the writing of the National Core Arts Standards from 2011 to 2014.

In 2013 returned to KDE to serve as a Branch Manager for the Academic Core Branch, overseeing the development and implementation of all state academic standards. Retired in 2015.

Currently serving as the Executive Director for Kentuckians for the Arts. 

Favorite Art Form: Music.

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