Thursday, June 21, 2007

Fayette County announces two new principals: Meadowthorpe & Cardinal Valley


Fayette County Schools Superintendent Stu Silberman is happy to announce the appointment of a new principal for Meadowthorpe Elementary School. Mike Stacy, who has six years of administrative experience, will assume his new post on July 2.

A former parole officer with the Kentucky Department of Corrections who decided to go back to school and get his teaching certificate, Stacy began his education career as a social studies teacher and head basketball coach at Powell County High School. After three years at Powell County, he worked for a year as a social studies teacher at Grant County High School before moving into administration as an assistant principal at Grant County Middle School. Also during that time, he was an assistant basketball coach at Georgetown College and the district-wide Assistant Athletic Director in Grant County. In 2004, he became assistant principal at Scott County High School and two years later, he accepted a position as Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel for the Scott County Schools. For the past three years, Stacy has also been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown College.

Stacy said he’s excited to be the new principal at Meadowthorpe Elementary.

“It’s a fabulous opportunity. Meadowthorpe is such a quality school with a rich tradition and history, strong community support and a great faculty and staff,” he said. “When I got the call this morning, my initial thought was that it is a privilege to have the opportunity to walk into such a nice establishment.”

This from FCPS Press Release.
Cardinal Valley

Fayette County Schools Superintendent Stu Silberman is happy to announce the appointment of a new principal for Cardinal Valley Elementary School. Ivonne Beegle, who has been the district English as a Second Language content specialist for two years, will assume her new post on July 2.

A third generation educator whose father was also a principal, Beegle has been working in the Fayette County Public Schools since she joined the staff at Maxwell Elementary in 2000. After four years, first as a language arts teacher and then as a language arts resource teacher working with students in grades kindergarten through fifth, Beegle moved to Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. She taught Spanish at Dunbar for a year before joining the staff at “It’s About Kids” Support Services as a content specialist supporting all of the English as a Second Language programs in the school district.

“I feel honored, I feel humbled, I feel blessed, I was speechless,” Beegle said of her appointment. “I’m so excited to be joining a wonderful school like Cardinal Valley. Cardinal Valley is a microcosm for the rest of the country; we have our own little cosmopolitan flair. I think it’s important for people to see the richness of the neighborhood and the people in it … our kids are in the unique position of being able to learn about people from different places, languages and cultures. The kids at Cardinal Valley will be prepared to compete in a diverse society.”

Beegle’s personal experience as an immigrant to the United States at the age of eight will serve her well as the leader at Cardinal Valley, where close to 61 percent of the students receive help learning English. She was born in Latin America and moved with her family to Canada before moving to California.

“Spanish is my first language,” she said. “French is my second and English is my third.”

This from FCPS Press Release.

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