Floyd County Schools Superintendent Danny Adkins announced changes in administration in some Floyd County schools last week. 

Adkins announced the hiring of Jonathan Parsons as principal of Betsy Layne Elementary, Patricia Slone Hackworth and Jeremy Hall as assistant principals at Betsy Layne High School, Melissa Turner as the principal at Prestonsburg Elementary, Brandon Maynard as the assistant principal at Prestonsburg Elementary and Charles Rowe as the new principal at Adams Middle School. 

“We have more vacancies throughout the district and we hope to fill them all before school starts,” Adkins said in a press release. “We have reorganized, re-energized and have renewed enthusiasm for the 2019-2020 school year.”

Adkins reported that speaker Hal Bowman will inspire school district staff to “Be the One” for students during opening day at the Mountain Arts Center this year. He said the district is “excited about our new administrators.”

“We want this school year to be phenomenal and we need our families and community members to support our students and our schools in every way they can to make this happen. Everyone working together is what it takes to make our students achieve everything they can achieve.”

The district released the following information about the new administrators: 

Parsons started as a substitute teacher and then became a special education teacher before becoming assistant principal. He has served as a member of the district Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction (CIA) team and coached several sports. He obtained his teaching certificate through Campbellsville University and his administrative certification through Union College. He married his “high school sweetheart” Ashley. Together they live with their three children, Cater, Kaylee and Toby, in Ivel. When asked about who inspired him, he replied, “My parents. They always had high expectations.” 

Hackworth’s goal is to help all students and staff become the “best Bobcats possible,” the press release said. With 22 years of experience, she has served in various roles at the school, district and state levels. Some of those roles include Kentucky Council of Teachers of English Board of Directors, Floyd County Education Association Vice President, CIA member and Striving Readers Literacy grant coordinator. He inspiration has been “a lifetime of amazing teachers who helped her understand the complexities of being an educator,” the press release said. She and her husband Keith live in Prestonsburg with Lady Macbeth, their puppy. 

Hall, a 19-year veteran teacher, graduated from Morehead University. He has taught social studies at Duff-Allen Central, been a council member almost and coached high school football. He has served on district level teams and sponsored clubs. “His dad has been his role model and that is why he sees this move as joining the Bobcat family,” the press release said. “He hopes to help students find the right path to achieve their goals.” He and his wife Beth live at Eastern with their daughters Lara Beth and Mila Rose. 

Turner has 20 years in education. She has spent most of her career at Prestonsburg Elementary, teaching multiple contents and grade levels. She has been a member of the school council and has coached cheer and forensics. She is a member of the 2019 Kentucky Women in Education Leadership cohort and is experienced in leading professional development sessions at the district, state and national levels. She brings years of administrative experience to her new role as principal at Prestonsburg Elementary. She lives in Prestonsburg. 

Maynard is new to this administrative role but has been an educator for over a decade. After obtaining his degree at Morehead State University, he started teaching at Prestonsburg Elementary after obtaining his degree at Morehead State University. He has coordinated an after school choir, worked extensively with technology throughout the school and served on district level teams. One of his goals for the school year is to support teachers and students in their efforts to continue to personalize learning and meet the needs of all students, the press release said. He and his wife Courtney live in Prestonsburg. They have four children, Ashton, Ava, Mackenzie and Ian. 

Rowe has been in education for more than 18 years with almost a decade of administrative experience. He graduated from Morehead State University and began teaching math. He has coached multiple sports, served on the school council and district level teams and as an assistant principal and principal. His goal for this school year is to “inspire students and teachers to be excited about every student being ready for high school and on track for success in college or career,” the press release said. He and Leslie, his wife of 20 years, live in Prestonsburg with their son Jacob.

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