The USD 231 Board of Education approved the hire of two new administrators. Amy Wormington will serve as the principal of Grand Star Elementary, and John Sedler will be associate principal/athletic director at Gardner Edgerton High School next year.
Sedler will fill the vacant position of former Associate Principal Kent Glaser, and Wormington will replace current Grand Star Principal Pam Tate who will be retiring this spring.
Sedler comes to Gardner Edgerton with extensive experience in school administration. He recently served as the associate principal at De Soto High School in De Soto, Kan. Prior to De Soto, he served as assistant principal at Park Hill South and Park Hill high schools in Parkville, Mo.
During his career, Sedler taught social studies at the secondary level and held several assistant and head coach positions, accumulating many professional achievements and athletic championships. In 2005, Sedler was named Kansas City Athletic Director of the Year and in 2007, was inducted into the Park Hill School District Hall of Fame. His reputation and expertise have garnered him many opportunities to speak to colleagues around the state on developing and managing high school athletic programs.  Sedler holds a bachelor’s in secondary education from Park University and a master’s in secondary education from University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Wormington is currently the principal of Garfield Elementary in the Ottawa School District. She’s served in that role since 2011. Wormington was employed by Blue Valley School District, prior to working in Ottawa.  While at Blue Valley, she held a variety of leadership positions such as summer school program coordinator, district coordinating teacher for literacy, school improvement specialist and elementary teacher.  Wormington has extensive experience in curriculum planning, professional development, and teacher training.  In addition, she was instrumental in implementing several programs such as Safe and Civil Schools CHAMPS and MTSS (Multi-Tier System of Supports).
Wormington holds a bachelor’s in elementary education from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Mid-America Nazarene University, and a master’s in administration and school leadership from Baker University.
“Both candidates’ strong leadership backgrounds and breadth of knowledge in public school administration will serve the district and students extremely well,” said superintendent Pam Stranathan. “We are excited to have these two high quality and collaborative professionals join our team of educators.”