Award Year: 2022

Samuel Woodfill Elementary School

1025 Alexandria Pike
Fort Thomas, KY, 41075-2519

(859) 441-0506

Mr. Keith Faust, Principal at time of Nomination

Mr. John Gesenhues, Current Principal

Title I School

Fort Thomas Independent School District

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Students and staff will communicate their ideas, emotions, and content in a variety of ways with clarity, such that the traits of respect and leadership are profound.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Woodfill second graders using play doh to tell about themselves.

Woodfill second graders using play doh to tell about themselves.

Samuel Woodfill Elementary is a graded K-5 school in Fort Thomas located in Northern Kentucky. Fort Thomas is a unique community with a strong commitment to education. A variety of stakeholders including students, teachers, support staff, administration, parents, our school board, and education foundation all strive to achieve the common goal of supporting and providing the best educational experience for students. The cornerstone of the Woodfill experience is our emphasis on leadership, student ownership of learning, and finding opportunities to communicate in a variety of ways. Through a culture of shared ownership the entire school has a voice in our common practices, implementation of new ideas, academic goals, and a positive school environment. Woodfill has a technology-rich environment where students and teachers thrive in a 1:1 setting where collaboration, creativity, innovation, and demonstration of learning can take place in a variety of ways.

At its core Woodfill creates a positive school culture where students, teachers, and parents feel safe and supported to create a learning rich environment. Students are encouraged to use their voice to demonstrate their learning and be leaders.We want our students to have a strong sense of ownership in both their learning and what their school should be throughout their entire Woodfill career.