GPTC’S Kye Hay­more named pres­i­dent-elect of Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Para­le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion

New or­ga­ni­za­tion head has been at col­lege for 10 years

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Kye Hay­more has been teach­ing para­le­gal stud­ies cour­ses at Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (GPTC) for 10 years. Seven years ago, she joined, and al­most im­me­di­ately be­came a ris­ing star, in the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion for Para­le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion (AAfPE).

After only one year of mem­ber­ship, she was ap­pointed AAfPE Southeast Di­rec­tor, and held the po­si­tion for six years. This fall she was named na­tional pres­i­dent-elect for the 2016-2017 aca­demic year. As pres­i­dent-elect, her main duty is to re­view and make rec­om­men­da­tions on mem­ber­ship ap­pli­ca­tions. Next year, she will be the AAfPE’s na­tional pres­i­dent. Then as past-pres­i­dent the fol­low­ing year, she will have the job of nom­i­nat­ing mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion to serve as di­rec­tors and of­fi­cers.

“We are so tick­led that Kye is mov­ing up in the as­so­ci­a­tion,” said C.J. Vir­gil Costly, a re­tired judge and GPTC para­le­gal stud­ies pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor. “It’s good for her and brings ad­di­tional dis­tinc­tion to our para­le­gal pro­gram.”

LO­CAL ROOTS

Hay­more grew up and now re­sides on fam­i­ly­owned land out­side Mans­field. She is a long-time mem­ber and leader at First United Methodist Church of Cov­ing­ton, and mar­ried to Chris Hay­more, prin­ci­pal at Mans­field Ele­men­tary School.

After grad­u­at­ing from Rut­ledge Academy, Kye Hay­more at­tended the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia, study­ing po­lit­i­cal science and at­tend­ing law school. She passed the bar in 1996 and worked as a cor­po­rate lawyer in a health­care or­ga­ni­za­tion for 10 years. She started teach­ing in 2006.

Hay­more first joined AAfPE for the sup­port it pro­vides para­le­gal in­struc­tors.

“Para­le­gal teach­ers have dif­fi­culty be­cause we are all at­tor­neys with no back­ground in ed­u­ca­tion,” Hay­more said. “We need each other to im­prove our class- room skills. AAfPE sup­ports teacher de­vel­op­ment and pro­vides class­room tools. It helps teach­ers learn how to teach, how to run a para­le­gal stud­ies pro­gram, and how to con­nect that pro­gram to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The sup­port from AAfPE alongw with Hay­more’s abil­i­ties is work­ing.

“From the time in I en­rolled in her In­tro­duc­tion to Law and Ethics class in Jan­uary 2014, I had a great in­struc­tor and men­tor in Kye Hay­more,” said Stephanie Jack­son, the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia’s 2015 stu­dent of the year and a GPTC grad­u­ate. She is pas­sion­ate about guid­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of law­trained par­ale­gals to en­ter this rapidly-ex­pand­ing field. I am in­cred­i­bly proud to have had Kye Hay­more as an in­struc­tor, as a men­tor, and as a friend.”

We are so tick­led that Kye is mov­ing up in the as­so­ci­a­tion. It’s good for her and brings ad­di­tional dis­tinc­tion to our para­le­gal pro­gram.”

— C.J. Vir­gil Costly,

re­tired judge and GPTC para­le­gal stud­ies pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor

Sub­mit­ted photo | The Cov­ing­ton News

Kye Hay­more and J. Vir­gil Cost­ley, Jr. are mem­bers of the fac­ulty for para­le­gal stud­ies at Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege.

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