About Charlene Davis Bush
Charlene Davis Bush was Principal of The Wheeler School in Louisville, Kentucky, where she and the teachers ushered in research-based best teaching and learning practices. This earned the school the coveted U. S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. Wheeler was also named “ One of the 53 Best Schools in America “ by Redbook magazine. Further, this public school was documented in a book, throughout chapter two of The Work of Restructuring Schools published by Teachers College Press, Columbia University, edited by Anne Lieberman and researched by Betty Lou Whitford.
A single mother raised Mrs. Bush herself after her father was killed in combat during World War II. She graduated first in her class from a small high school in Floyd County, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1964 and completed a Master’s Degree at UK shortly thereafter. She did post graduate work at Western KY University, the University of Louisville, and Harvard University. Mrs Bush also served as President of the Kentucky Association of Elementary School Principals and was a featured speaker on American Restructured Schools in London, England at the Royal Academy of Arts.