Darrell Vincent is departing Bullitt East High School after a 22-year teaching career to become the new principal of the Bullitt County Area Technology Center.
“I am really excited about the opportunity at the Area Technology Center,” Vincent said. “Bullitt County continues to grow very rapidly and with growth comes opportunity. Bullitt County students live in one of the top manufacturing areas in the country and the programs at the ATC align perfectly with the rapid growth of our county and the industries in the Louisville Metro area.”
He praised retiring administrator Angela Binkley for leading the ATC through a Renaissance of rebirth.
“Mrs. Binkley has done an incredible amount of work improving the facility and hiring a great staff. The school has been steadily improving every year under her leadership and that of the staff that she has put in place,” he affirmed.
Unaware of her retirement plans, Vincent shared he and Binkley discussed Hybrid Engineering/Career and Technical Education pathways.
“It is pretty neat that I will be able to implement some of the things that we have already been working on. I look forward to working with the staff that she has in place as they are all experts in their various fields,” he said.
His short term goals include a focus on adding the hybrids and an opportunity to offer some coursework partnering with Eastern Kentucky University in Unmanned Air Systems.
“In this course, students can take the certification exam for a commercial unmanned pilot. This certification will allow them to operate a drone commercially,” he explained.
In the long-term, Vincent is interested in focusing on industry certifications and apprenticeships as that is where accountability lies.
“This will allow our students to move on to college or the work-force in good paying careers that will allow them to live, work and thrive in our community,” he said.
In 1991, Vincent earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics with a minor in mathematics (Cum Laude) from Western Kentucky University. One year later, he secured another BS, this one in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky.
Continuing his college education at UK, Vincent was awarded a Master of Science degree in secondary science education with a major in physics and a minor in mathematics in 1995.
In 2010, he successfully completed a Rank 1 through the Kentucky Department of Education’s Continuing Education Option (CEO). He also completed a professional portfolio of self-directed professional development and leadership activities to improve science instruction in the classroom and the Bullitt County School District.
Vincent’s final step to become administrator certified took place in 2017 when he achieved an ED.S degree in Instructional Leadership, School Principal from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY.
Over the years at Bullitt East, Vincent’s subject matter has remained the same but the concentration has shifted. This experience will benefit his new role as administrator.
“As a Project Lead the Way teacher and trainer, I have been afforded opportunities to learn project-based learning from some of the best teachers in the country,” he said. “I have also had opportunities to train teachers and to help write curriculum and standards for the Kentucky Department of Education. I have developed an awesome network of people in the education community and have been able to partner with several industries as we sought their input during the time we were writing the new standards.”
He feels the greatest challenge currently facing public schools is simply lack of funding.
“We want to train our students in the latest technologies and equipment so that they can have every advantage when pursuing a career or post-secondary education,” he noted. “The equipment in the CTE area can be very expensive (laser cutters, CNC-routers, HVAC, automobiles...).”
Vincent’s family is deeply rooted in Bullitt County for over four generations.
His father, Mike, supported the family through Vincent’s high-school years as an auto-mechanic. His mother, Barbara (Armstrong) Vincent, completed her LPN nursing degree during his high school years.
“These are two of the many careers that students attending our ATC are preparing for. Careers like these are very close to my heart because my parents working in those careers put me in a position to have this incredible opportunity,” he said.
Vincent and his wife, Trista have been married 18 years and she works as a nurse. They reside in Bullitt County with ir dog, Tucker. In his spare time, Vincent enjoys fishing, football, and basketball.