Michie Elementary welcomes new principal
By Emily Pitts
As Lynda Walters, former principal at Michie Elementary School, moves into her new job, Suzanne Henson is preparing to take her place as new principal.
Henson comes from a family where education was very important: both of her parents were educators in Hardin County.
“My father retired as the Superintendent of Schools and my mother as a teacher,” said Henson.
Henson taught various grades for 11 years in Hardin County and was then employed as a fifth grade teacher at Selmer Middle School. She became an assistant principal the following year and held that position for 11 years. Her last position was at Adamsville Jr. Sr. High School, where she has been assistant principal for seven years.
There are several old as well as new programs being used this year at the school. “Michie currently has math and reading interventionists that pull out students that are in need of extra help,” said Henson. “Think Link is a diagnostic tool that will continue to be used. Response to Intervention will help to identify students that qualify for other services. The STEM program is being taught which supplements and emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and math state standards.”
Among new programs being implemented at Michie is Making Middle Grades Work, which will aid middle grades during their transition into high school.
Technology is also playing a large role at the school this year. “Netbooks for Pre-K will be introduced to students which will enable them to become familiar with technology from the beginning of their enrollment in school,” said Henson. “This program will also be available for parents to look at online resources that they might use at home. This opportunity will be possible because of a grant that will be paid for through state funds. This year each fifth and sixth grade student will have a laptop at school which is paid for through the Race to the Top funds.
“I will continue to work with the programs that are currently in place and hopefully build upon them,” said Henson.
Of the challenges that Henson is expecting to face in the upcoming year, she stated, “We are always challenged to meet the state and government regulations that are implemented. Meeting AYP (average yearly progress) is always demanding. Administrators have just been trained on Tennessee’s newly adopted teacher evaluation model that will be in place this school year. Teachers will have to be trained and the process requires a tremendous amount of time.”
Henson has big plans for the school. “We will continue to provide a safe environment that serves the needs of the students and the community. We will also challenge students to be the best that they can be in order to become ready for the transition to high school. I will initially become familiar with the faculty, students, and the facility. Because I have been focused on the curriculum of grades 7-12, I will have to become acquainted with the strategies and standards of the early grades.”
Henson is also excited about continuing to do the job that she loves: “The best thing about my job is I that I get to do what I love, which is working with people. I love children, and I love to be a part of preparing them for jobs that haven’t even been thought of. I enjoy helping coworkers, students, parents, and interested stakeholders become involved in the community school. I am constantly learning from the students and in addition getting to be involved with them making decisions and maturing into productive young adults.”
For more on Michie Elementary, visit www.mcnairy.org, then click on Michie Elementary, or call (731) 632-3602.