BHM: JCPS Board of Education’s two minority members


Reece Gunther

Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) has two minority members serving on its Board of Education for the first time since 1979. Diane Porter of District 1 and Corrie Shull of District 6 are both seated on the board.

Diane Porter

Diane Porter served almost 40 years as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, and central office administrator. Porter graduated from the Louisville Public School System and the University of Louisville, earning her a degree in education.

Her last position within the district was director of Career/Workforce Education and the School-to-Career Program.

After retiring in 2009, Kentucky’s Education Commissioner Terry Holliday appointed her to serve on the JCPS Board of Education in 2010. Voters in her district would later elect to serve on the board later that year.

Porter is now the chair of the Board of Education and she was the first African-American female to hold the position. Earlier this year, Diane Porter received the Freedom Award to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision.

She currently represents Manual and YPAS in District 1.

Corrie Shull

Corrie Shull is one of the newest members to the JCPS Board of Education. Voters in District 6 elected him last November and was sworn in at the January 8 meeting.

He attended Fisk University where he obtained his undergraduate degree and his masters from the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.

Shull is a parent of two Tully Elementary students, and he previously served on the district’s Facilities Committee and the Behavioral Support Alternative Task Force. He also participated in JCPS’ Flash Dads program which mentors middle school boys.

Each summer, Shull leads the STEM Summer Camp Teen Summit Enrichment Program which combines academics with athletics to promote learning in fun, creative ways.

He is also the pastor of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church where he provides summer programs, tutoring and college visits for JCPS students.