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Wilmore Elementary names new head principal

Veteran educator Monica Thompson has been selected as the next head principal at Wilmore Elementary School. Thompson will officially take over on July 1, 2021, following the retirement of Dawn Floyd, who is stepping down after eight years at the helm.

“Monica stood out among a field of very strong candidates. With both classroom and administrative experience, she has proven to be an effective instructional leader and also just as importantly, an exceptional servant leader. Monica is a visionary with a student-centered perspective and I believe that our Wilmore Elementary family will continue to grow and flourish under her leadership,” said Superintendent Matt Moore.

Thompson brings nine years of classroom teaching experience and another three years in administrative leadership to Jessamine County. Most recently serving as Assistant Principal at Julius Marks Elementary in Fayette County, KY, she was the Professional Growth and Effectiveness Coach, leading the effort to collaboratively strengthen instructional programs and practices. Thompson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education from Eastern Kentucky University as well as a Master of Arts in Education/Certificate for School Media Librarian, also from EKU.

Demonstrating that her teaching skill set goes beyond grades K-5, Thompson has also served since 2013 as an Adjunct Professor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, teaching college algebra.

Thompson expressed excitement about her new leadership role in JCS saying, “I am honored to join Jessamine County Schools and to partner with the talented staff at Wilmore Elementary to continue Wilmore’s tradition of excellence. We will work together with families, continuing Wilmore’s heritage of developing caring and responsible citizens as we build on a strong foundation of high-quality teaching and learning experiences. I’m eager to see our students’ growth as we both support and challenge them to be the best version of themselves.”

Superintendent Moore expressed his appreciation to the members of the Wilmore Elementary SBDM council for their diligence and hard work during the principal selection process. Moore said, “Selecting the right fit for not only students, but also for their families, and our staff, can be a daunting task and requires taking many factors into account. The council utilized feedback about the characteristics that our Wilmore school community wanted in their next leader and used that information to choose the best candidate for head principal. Mrs. Thompson’s experience, strong communication skills, and vision for an even brighter future for Wilmore students make her a wonderful fit for this very important position.”

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