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Tony Webb has been teaching in the technical school setting for more than a decade, and now he’s leading the Marion County Area Technology Center as its principal, where Marion and Washington County students attend.
Webb, who resides in Anderson County, began his career in education later in life. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, he worked at several industries and businesses before stepping into the education field.
For the past 14 years, he’s been a teacher in the business department at the Shelby County Area Technology Center. He’s taught everything from basic computer classes to Advanced Placement micro and macroeconomics. And while he’s always loved teaching, he’s also wanted the challenge of being an administrator.
When former principal Laura Arnold made a career change and took a position at the Kentucky Department of Education, Webb jumped at the opportunity in Marion County.
“I love dealing with the kids one on one daily, but this seemed like a natural progression,” he said.
Webb did his research on the tech center’s most recent performance on the WorkKeys test, which is a job skills assessment system measuring “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success.
The tech center students performed very well on the assessment, making the Marion County ATC one of the top eight tech centers in the state.
“I was impressed that they scored that high,” Webb said. “They only missed being top 5 by .9 percentage points.”
Webb said one of his goals is to help the tech center advance to the top five under his leadership, and he thinks that is very doable.
Within the last few years, the perception of tech schools has changed throughout the state, Webb said. And students, along with communities and local stakeholders, are taking notice.
“I’ve always said technical schools are one of the best kept secrets,” Webb said, “But, the whole perception of tech schools has changed. It’s no longer just for the kids who don’t want to go to college. Now technical centers are more advanced and offering more than just a vocation. Technical centers can now prepare students for career and college.”
Webb has been married to his wife, Karen, for 18 years. She works for Hospice of the Bluegrass in Frankfort. Together they have three children - Daniel, a junior at Morehead State University, and two daughters, Jackie, a high school senior, and Kate, an eighth-grader.
They both attend Anderson County Public Schools.