Principal shuffle gives five schools new faces at top

By: By Jasmine Hager - Staff Writer
Gavin Stone | Daily Journal Kate Smith receives a plaque noting her as Principal of the Year from district administrator Dennis Quick. She will move from Mineral Springs to Monroe Avenue Elementary School.

It’s a new school year, and five schools are adding new — and some familiar — faces to their administrative teams.

Kate Smith, 2018-19 Principal of the Year, will move from Mineral Springs to Monroe Avenue Elementary School. She said Friday that she couldn’t wait to begin her new assignment.

“I’m looking forward to a wonderful year with the students, teachers and families at Monroe Avenue — and great things are to come,” she said. “This is truly a dedicated group of teachers and a committed overall staff that are excited to begin the year.”

Former Monroe Avenue Principal Dawn Terry, a former teacher at Fairview Heights, is ready to rejoin the family as principal.

“I am most looking forward to being home at Fairview Heights, where I was a teacher for 10 years,” she said. “So for me, it’s like coming back home.”

Principal Joyce McRae said she was ready to move from Fairview Heights to Richmond County Ninth Grade Academy, to help students transition into high school successfully.

“As an educational leader, I believe in doing what’s right for the kids,” she said. “Student safety, health and achievement are my top priority. I believe it ‘takes a village to raise a child,’ and I look forward to working with an amazing group of staff members, students, parents and community members.”

Chad McCurry, named Teacher of the Year at Richmond Senior High School, will become an assistant principal at Hamlet Middle School. And Jennifer N. Beck, formerly a teacher at Mineral Springs Elementary, will become principal there.

Gavin Stone | Daily Journal Kate Smith receives a plaque noting her as Principal of the Year from district administrator Dennis Quick. She will move from Mineral Springs to Monroe Avenue Elementary School.
https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_smith.jpgGavin Stone | Daily Journal Kate Smith receives a plaque noting her as Principal of the Year from district administrator Dennis Quick. She will move from Mineral Springs to Monroe Avenue Elementary School.

By Jasmine Hager

Staff Writer

Reach Jasmine Hager at 910-817-2675 or [email protected]

Reach Jasmine Hager at 910-817-2675 or [email protected]