Everyone could hear when Kathy Netherland scurried across the hall. The short, bespectacled teacher would zip past Bardstown Elementary School’s classrooms wearing her lanyard, the keys jangling like the bell on a cat collar.
She was known as a whisperer for troubled students, ones with serious behavioral issues. As a special-ed teacher, Kathy never saw them as bad kids. The Kentucky mom had a knack for helping her young charges succeed when their classrooms couldn’t.