Boyle hires principal for Woodlawn

July 28, 2004|TODD KLEFFMAN

As the new principal at Woodlawn Elementary School, Sharon Flora Crews spent her first day on the job Tuesday trying to make friends. She introduced herself to teachers, custodians and secretaries. She even met some students and their parents.

"Everyone has been very friendly and welcoming," said Crews, who left the principal's job at Peaks Mill Elementary in Franklin County to take the Woodlawn job. "I think we're going to make a great team."

"Team" is a concept that Crews is fond of. It's what initially attracted her to the Boyle County school system, and getting to know people during the interview process helped reinforce the notion that educators here work together, she said.

"One of the things I loved about Boyle County is the shared decision making," she said. "This system seems to work very diligently as a team, and I consider myself a team player, a team leader."


Crews, 41, lives in Versailles with her 13-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. She replaces Max Pope, who resigned at the end of school after 11 years at the helm of the school.

Woodlawn music teacher Nancy Dodds, who chairs the school council that interviewed the three finalists for the job, said Crews' background and team approach made her the best candidate. "We feel very good about our selection and believe Ms. Crews will be a good fit for Woodlawn," Dodds said. "She is energetic and knowledgeable regarding curriculum and best practices. She has the experience we were looking for in an administrator and as a teacher."

Prior to serving as principal at Peaks Mill for a year, Crews was an assistant principal at Bondurant Middle School in Frankfort for a year. Before becoming an administrator, she taught various grade levels, including gifted classes, at Simmons Elementary in Woodford County for 15 years. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Georgetown College and a master's in education with gifted and reading specialist certification, and is working on her Rank I certification from the University of Kentucky. Her annual salary at Woodlawn will be $72,393.

"Sharon has extensive experience in curriculum planning and differentiation for students, and a proven ability to develop and maintain working relationships with students, staff and parents," said Boyle Superintendent Pam Rogers, who taught Crews in a class at UK.

Crews' hiring means that the principal slots at Woodlawn, Boyle Middle and Boyle High, which were all vacant at the beginning of summer, have been filled.

Last week, Mike LaFavers was hired as principal at the middle school at a salary of $68,324. Elmer Thomas is the new principal at the high school and earns $81,559.

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