LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A top educator in Jefferson County Public Schools suddenly resigned from her position on Monday.

Karen Branham, the assistant superintendent of academic services and oversaw curriculum and instruction for the district since April 2012, submitted her letter to JCPS Acting Superintendent Marty Pollio. Pollio confirmed Branham's resignation to WDRB News on Wednesday.

"Please accept my resignation as assistant superintendent of academic services, effective immediately," Branham wrote in her letter. "It has been my pleasure to serve the students, staff and families of Jefferson County Public Schools for the past five plus years."

She copied the letter to Will Walsh, a local attorney who has represented several JCPS employees with employment issues over the years.

Pollio said the move caught him "by a surprise" and that the district will immediately begin to search for a replacement.

Branham could not be reached for comment. Her cell phone number has been disconnected and all of her social media accounts have been either deleted or deactivated. 

She came to Louisville from Elizabethtown Independent Schools, where she also oversaw curriculum and instruction.

As part of her curriculum role in JCPS, Branham also oversaw computer support services, English as a Second Language (ESL) services, early childhood education and library media services. 

A copy of her resignation letter is below:

This story will be updated as we get more information.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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