After 15 years of dedicated service to KCD, Head of School Brad Lyman is moving on to pursue other opportunities in the independent school world. In order to take advantage of the sabbatical in his contract, Mr. Lyman finished his 15-year run on December 15—the Friday before Mid-Year Break.
During his 15-year tenure, Mr. Lyman made his mark on KCD’s facilities, programs, and culture. As we wish him well in his future endeavors, we’d also like to celebrate some of the highlights of his time at KCD.
Under Mr. Lyman’s leadership, the school has not only kept up with technological change, but also has become a technology leader. The Upper School became an early model of a 1-to-1 laptop program, and the Middle School launched its own 1-to-1 Chromebook program several years later. The FabLab opened in 2013, making KCD the first independent school in Louisville to have a makerspace and building the foundation for our schoolwide STEAM curriculum.
KCD’s unique Honors Program was also developed under Mr. Lyman’s leadership, including its award-winning philanthropy curriculum. He was also instrumental in securing a $2 million grant from the Malone Family Foundation, establishing KCD as a leader in gifted and talented education.
Mr. Lyman’s most visible contribution to KCD is the fine arts wing and theater. When it opened in 2010, the theater had a transformative effect on KCD’s performing arts programs. In addition, the KCD Theater has provided a venue for nationally known artists, such as Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, and Josh Ritter.
As Mr. Lyman moves on to a new stage of his professional life, we’d like to thank him for his commitment and many years of service. He was instrumental in making KCD the school that it is today, and we will always consider him a Bearcat.