By: Colton Ratliff- Letcher County Central High School
David “Butch” Chaltis is an educator, historian and author from Letcher County. He spends much of his time participating in Civil War reenactments and bringing history to life. He is respected throughout the community for the service he provides, and many consider him to be the General Robert E. Lee of the county. Chaltis taught in the Letcher County Public Schools for many years. He developed and directed the Alternative Education School in Letcher County until his retirement. Chaltis also had extensive experience with the Navajo in the U.S. Southwest, developing alternative education programs on the reservation.