Walter Leon Lee
Owensboro Public Schools
A 1971 graduate of Caldwell County High School in Princeton, Kentucky, Walter Lee accepted an athletic scholarship to Kentucky Wesleyan College, in Owensboro, Kentucky, where he helped guide the Panthers to two NCAA Division II sport appearances in 1973.
He represented the KWC Panthers in the NCAA National Tennis Tournament and was a member of the 1973 NCAA National Basketball Championship Team. Mr. Lee holds the all-time career win record in tennis at KWC, where he played the number one position for four years.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Kentucky Wesleyan College (’75), a Master of Arts Degree in Education, a Rank I Certification in Education, and an Educational Leadership Certification (K-12) from Western Kentucky University.
Walter L. Lee was educator for 33 years.
He started his teaching career at Goodloe Elementary School in 1975. In 1980, he transferred to Owensboro Middle School to teach sixth/seventh grade in the gifted/talented program. In 1992, Lee was selected as Cliff Hagan Boys Club’s Teacher of the Year.
The following year, he was named Owensboro Public Schools Middle School Teacher of the Year. In 1982, Mr. Lee became the Owensboro High School Lady Red Devil’s Head Basketball Coach. In 1994, he was appointed the Owensboro Middle School’s administrative assistant in charge of sixth grade academics and discipline.
During the 1996-97 school year, Mr. Lee served as the school’s assistant principal. In 1997, he became a Kentucky Wesleyan College educational instructor, where he taught a “Multi-Cultural” college course and served as the college’s women basketball assistant coach for seven years.
In 1998, the Seven Hills Elementary School’s Site Based Decision Making Council selected Mr. Lee as principal. After serving for seven years, Mr. Lee transferred to Estes Elementary School where he served three years before retiring.
Lee is active in civic, community and educational associations. He has served on the Kentucky Association of School Administrators Board of Directors and as president of KAESP. Mr. Lee has represented KY at the United States Department of Education Principals’ Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., and served on the 2003 NAESP National nominating committee as a zone representative for three states (KY, IL, & IN).
Lee is a state and national leader in the Prince Hall Masonic INC, where he serves as Imperial Desert Organizer and Past Potentate in the Noble Order of the Mystic Shrine, and Past Assistant District Deputy Grand Master in the Masons. He has served on several local boards and has been nominated for Leadership Owensboro and Leadership Kentucky. Lee is commissioned a Kentucky Colonel and holds two keys to the City of Owensboro.
Walter Lee is married to Vanessa Burks Lee and has a son, Chad Leon Lee.
“Kentucky Wesleyan College prepared me for all aspects of life. I started out as a shy under-achiever in the classroom, a very sport-minded individual who placed winning as my top goal in life. KWC’s coaches and faculty helped me develop into an all-around individual, keeping my life goal in front of me – ‘winning’. Winning means accomplishing a goal. KWC’s liberal arts program helped me keep the team concept in mind.d The faculty at KWC shaped that shy college student into an outspoken, responsible person. The ability to serve in elected and appointed positions and the perseverance to accomplish my career goals and the resulting honors bestowed upon me can be directly attributed to the KWC community and my family. The faculty at KWC developed personal relationships with me that encouraged me to accomplish my goals."
"Looking back on the good ole days at Kentucky Wesleyan College, thinking of all of the good times and personal contacts I made during my four years at this great school, I wonder – “Where else could I have acquired all of this knowledge of life, and accomplished so many good things for myself”? The answer is simple: A Small Liberal Arts School with the individual student in mind – Kentucky Wesleyan College! The school that produces 'Winner'!"