Lowes Elementary Chooses Henson as New Principal
By Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools
LOWES, KY - Lowes Elementary School’s new principal, starting with the 2013-14 school year, will be Amanda Henson. The school’s site-based decision-making council voted to hire her Wednesday afternoon, March 27.
Henson has served as lead teacher at Cuba Elementary School in southern Graves County since 2011. She also served there as a guidance counselor for four years and as a teacher, starting in 2000.
“I look so forward to becoming part of the Lowes family and team. They have such great success here and I’m excited about being part of that,” Henson said. “I think we will continue to build on their success here. They clearly are doing so many things well. Now, my job is to contribute to that effort with ideas and experience I can bring to collaborate with these great faculty and staff members who obviously have wonderful ideas. I’m looking forward to learning from them and also sharing ideas I’ve found that work.”
“I think Amanda portrayed what we look for here at Lowes,” said teacher Janet Burgess, who serves as vice-chair of the school’s site-based decision-making council. “We can see clearly that she’s a very energetic, positive person and we’re very confident that she’s going to be a great leader for us”
Graves County Schools’ Superintendent Pete Galloway told the school library full of members of the faculty, staff, and SBDM council that Henson’s leadership skills have been evident throughout the district over time and especially over the past several months during which she has taken a leadership role at Cuba Elementary School. Cuba principal Jill McClain ultimately lost her months-long battle with cancer. During much of that time, Henson served as the school’s teacher-leader.
Henson grew up and lives near the Lowes Elementary. She has two children of her own. Daughter Bella Rose is 3 years old and son Bo is 18 months old.
Henson earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling, and a second master’s degree in school administration, all from Murray State University. She has served as a member of the District Instructional Leadership Team since 2006.
She replaces Cheryl Goodman, who retires this June after 32 years as a Graves County educator, the last nine as Lowes principal.