The USD 231 Board of Education and administration  named the principals for Wheatridge Middle and Sunflower Elementary schools during a June 9 board meeting.
Board members approved the hires of Jim Brockway to serve as principal of Wheatridge Middle, and Debbie Tann to serve as principal of Sunflower Elementary.
Brockway recently served as the principal at Ravenwood Elementary and assistant principal at Pioneer Trail Middle schools, both in the Olathe School District.
Brockway is returning to Gardner-Edgerton, where he once worked as a third grade teacher and instructional technology support specialist.
During his time in USD 231, he was a recipient of Kansas State Department of Education’s Horizon Award which recognizes exemplary first-year educators.
In addition, Brockway was the district’s Kansas Elementary Teacher of the Year nominee.
Brockway holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University and a master’s degree in School Leadership from Baker University.
Brockway is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education Leadership at Baker University.
“We are extremely excited to have Mr. Brockway back at Gardner Edgerton,” said Pam Stranathan, USD 231 interim superintendent. “He is a proven top-notch educator and outstanding leader among his peers. He brings a wealth of elementary and middle school experience and will contribute greatly to the learning community and families of Wheatridge.”
Debbie Tann comes to Gardner Edgerton from Lawrence public schools where she served as principal for Quail Run Elementary School.
Prior to this position, she served as elementary director of Model Laboratory School at Eastern Kentucky University. During this time, she also served as a graduate and undergraduate instructor at the University.
Prior to these assignments, Tann held the positions of elementary coordinator, gifted talented coordinator K-12, and classroom instructor for Model Laboratory School. In addition, she spent several years at Garth Elementary School in Georgetown, Kentucky, as coordinator of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Tann earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Kentucky University, and completed her District Leadership Track at Washburn University.
“Debbie comes to Gardner with an impressive multi-grade level educational background,” said Jill Smith, USD 231 director of elementary education. “Her varied experiences as a teacher, curriculum specialist, principal, university instructor and advocate for student success makes her extremely qualified to serve the students of Sunflower Elementary. We are extremely pleased to have Debbie join the USD 231 administrative team.”