Gregory Puccetti, PhD, Colonel, US Army (retired)
As a recently retired teacher from the Jefferson County Public School System, Dr. Gregory Puccetti has first-hand knowledge of students’ daily school experience and their educational needs. He understands the concerns of parents and the challenges teachers face, and he has a thorough grasp of JCPS operations. As a former commander in the US Army, he possesses the leadership and organizational skills and experience needed to restore safety to our public schools, thus allowing them to refocus on academic achievement for all students. Dr. Puccetti brings strong family values to his candidacy that emphasize personal responsibility and integrity. He is also committed to fiscal accountability and more responsible use of taxpayer dollars by JCPS.
Since his enlistment in the US Army in 1986, Greg Puccetti has faithfully and dutifully served his country as a member of the armed forces for 30 years and has served parents and their children as a teacher for the Jefferson County Public Schools for 27 years before retiring in 2022. Upon completion of has basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Greg graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and went on to complete Airborne and Infantry Officer training before serving in the 194th Armored Brigade at Fort Knox, Kentucky as Infantry Lieutenant.
Greg left active duty in 1992 to finish a Master of Arts degree in Political Science and obtain his teaching certification from the University of Louisville, but he continued his military service in the Kentucky Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and IRR, during which he was deployed numerous times to Bosnia, Iraq, South Sudan, Kenya, Italy, and Germany. Greg retired from military service in 2017 with the rank of Colonel while serving as the USAREUR Intelligence and Security Cooperation Branch Chief in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Greg’s career as a teacher officially began in 1995; prior to that he was a substitute teacher and instructor. He earned his PhD in Education from Northcentral University in 2016. In his 27 years as an educator, Dr. Puccetti taught Social Studies and Technology to middle and high school students at various JCPS schools before he retired in 2022.
Dr. Puccetti is uniquely qualified to serve as JCPS school board member for District 5 and will use his education, training, and dedication to service to raise the performance levels of JCPS schools, restore parents’ rightful voice in their children’s education, and ultimately make JCPS schools a place where teachers and students alike want to come and do their best work.
WHY GREG IS RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD
I am running because JCPS is failing its students in the areas of academic achievement and school safety. Parents feel that their concerns are not being addressed by the current school board makeup.
Academic achievement. Kentucky schools are among the lowest-performing in the country and JCPS has some of the lowest-performing schools in the state. JCPS policies have failed to correct this situation.
School Safety. Parents are justifiably concerned about the violence and bullying going on in schools.
Parent voice. Too many parents feel that their concerns are being ignored.