Wilkerson named Abraham Lincoln Elementary principal

Wilkerson named Abraham Lincoln Elementary principal
Wilkerson named Abraham Lincoln Elementary principal

Wilkerson named Abraham Lincoln Elementary principal

Veteran educator Crystal Wilkerson has been selected as the next principal of Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, the school’s Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council announced Friday evening.

Wilkerson has 22 years of teaching experience and currently serves as an exceptional education teacher and facilitator at John Hardin High School.

“I’m honored to be selected as the next Abraham Lincoln Elementary School principal,” Wilkerson said. “ALES is an excellent school and I look forward to supporting and maintaining a positive school culture and academic progress for all students.”

SBDM teacher representative Todd Rogers said the council — unanimous in its decision —  was “excited to have Ms. Wilkerson join the ALES family.”

“She was the right candidate to lead us to the next level,” Rogers said.

Wilkerson’s experience also stood out, said SBDM teacher representative Daniel Thomas.

“She brings exceptional, diverse experience to ALES,” he said. “She has teaching experience in preschool, kindergarten, second, fourth and fifth grade as well as special education.”

SBDM parent representative Tiffany Skaggs said the open principal’s post attracted a large, highly qualified talent pool, and that Wilkerson will be a good fit for the school.

“Ms. Wilkerson met all the criteria and we are very glad to have her on board,” Skaggs said.

Superintendent Sam Sanders noted Wilkerson’s focus on students.

“Students were at the heart of everything we discussed,” Sanders said. “We were looking for someone who puts kids first, and I’m confident she will do that.”

Wilkerson, a LaRue County High School graduate, said she has a drive to see students achieve at their highest potential.

“That’s always been a joy for me,” she said.

Wilkerson was named Hardin County Schools’ WHAS ExCEL Teacher of the Year in 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degrees in exceptional education and educational administration from Western Kentucky University, and an additional lifetime certification in preschool education. She lives in Elizabethtown with her husband, Eddie. They have two children, Caitlyn, 26, and Connor, 16.

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