The Spring Hill School District announced that it has named new assistant principals for Spring Hill Middle School (SHMS). Aaron Todd will serve as an assistant principal and activities director, and Jenna Jones will take on the role as assistant principal. The assistant principals will work under Principal Rod Sprague, as the SHMS campus expands to two buildings in order to serve a growing student population. Approved by the Spring Hill Board of Education, the administrators will begin their new duties as of July 1, 2013. The new hires follow the retirement announcement of Julie Estes, who has served as SHMS assistant principal for 24 years.
“Julie leaves behind a lasting positive legacy for students and staff,” said Dr. Bart Goering, Spring Hill School District superintendent. “She has always put students first and guided them as they moved through the transitional years of 6th through 8th grades.”
Goering continued, “We are excited about the opportunity to put into place two administrators who have strong classroom experience and will ensure the future success of Spring Hill Middle School. As the district continues to grow and change, it is imperative that the district has in place strong leadership that is committed to maintaining small-town values and providing a world-class education.”
Todd has served as a mathematics and physical education instructor at the Spring Hill Middle School for 17 years. During his tenure at SHMS, he also has coached multiple sports, including football, basketball and track. Todd received his bachelor’s degree in physical education, with a minor in math, from Baker University in 1993. He completed his graduate studies in professional teaching at Mid-America Nazarene University in 1999. In 2008, Todd earned his building leadership licensure from Emporia State University. He will now serve as assistant principal as well as overseeing all activities and athletics for middle school students in his role as activities director.
Jones will join SHMS as an assistant principal, and will help oversee students and staff members, as the school expands into two buildings. She has taught social studies at Louisburg High School since 2008, including serving as department chair since 2009. Jones earned bachelor’s degrees in secondary social studies education as well as in communication studies from the University of Kansas (KU). In addition, she received her master’s degree in educational administration from KU in 2012.
“Both Aaron and Jenna are extremely talented teachers who have made the commitment to school leadership, and have worked hundreds of hours in conjunction with administrators to prepare for their new roles,” said Sprague. “They each have unique strengths and the combination of their talents will ensure that SHMS students excel academically and grow as individuals.”