There is much change underway at Lincoln County Middle School--not the least of which is the new administrative team. Mr. Billy, Harris, Mr. Jason Bryant, and Mr. David Ledford all begin this year with previous experience at LCMS but are serving for the first time together as school leaders of the Eagles. We would like to welcome them all as we continue forward into the 2017-18 school year.
Mr. Harris is returning to LCMS--a school where he was part of the original staff. Mr. Harris, a Lincoln County native, is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. While attending EKU, Mr. Harris earned his bachelor’s degree in middle school education with specialties in math and language arts. He continued his education with the Colonels of EKU, earning his master’s in middle school education and his Rank 1 certification in instructional leadership. Mr. Harris began his teaching career at Crab Orchard elementary in 1992 where he taught in a self-contained classroom with fifth and sixth graders. When the middle school opened in 1993, Mr. Harris joined the staff, teaching seventh and eighth grade math. After some time at LCMS, Mr. Harris returned to his elementary school roots by joining the staff at Stanford Elementary where he taught fifth and sixth grade math until he moved to the McGuffey Sixth Grade Center when it first opened its doors in 2006. While at McGuffey, Mr. Harris served first as a math teacher and then as Academic Performance Consultant (APC). From there he honed his leadership skills at Lincoln County High School as assistant principal where he has been since 2011. While at the high school he served on the Turnaround Team that helped LCHS become a school of distinction. When reflecting on returning to the middle school, Mr. Harris stated that he had forgotten how much he enjoyed working with middle schoolers, but since coming back, it has been good getting to work with them again--that middle schoolers are a unique group of people. We welcome him back to the LCMS family! See more from Mr. Harris in his principal's message.
Mr. Bryant, originally from Danville, came to LCMS a little later into the 2016-17 school year as an assistant principal. Mr. Bryant attended Campbellsville University, earning his bachelor’s degree in middle school education with an emphasis in social studies and special education. He continued his education at the University of the Cumberlands where he earned his Rank 1 certification in educational leadership. Mr. Bryant began teaching in 2005 at King Middle School in Harrodsburg and then taught at Boyle County Middle School before returning to KMS. Mr. Bryant taught in special education for five years in grades six through eight before teaching social studies for six years at the middle school level. While teaching Mr. Bryant also served on the coaching staff of the state championship football team in 2006. Mr. Bryant states that he enjoys athletics, and he continues to work with with the athletic programs in Lincoln County. In the fall of 2016, Mr. Bryant joined the staff at Lincoln County Middle School where he has continued to serve as assistant principal during the 2017-18 school year. Mr. Bryant is a proud family man of three children aged 15, 7, and 5, and his wife teaches third grade at Mercer County Elementary. Mr. Bryant states that he is very impressed with the team at Lincoln County Middle School, asserting, “They are a great staff.” We look forward to having him continue with us this school year.
Mr. Ledford rounds out the new administrative team as the second assistant principal. Mr. Ledford is a Lincoln County native, originally from Crab Orchard. He attended Eastern Kentucky University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in middle grades education for math and social studies and later earned his master’s degree in educational leadership. Mr. Ledford began teaching at LCMS in 2004 where he taught math until his new appointment. While teaching, Mr. Ledford also served as chair of the math department and team leader. We welcome Mr. Ledford to the new administrative team. Upon accepting his new role as assistant principal, he stated, "I want to thank the administration and staff at Lincoln County Middle School for giving me the opportunity to assist in leading our school toward becoming one of the best in the state. I am extremely grateful and excited to get started. As a teacher at LCMS for the past 13 years I have had the privilege of working with some of the best educators and administrators anyone could ask for. I have learned from many of them and I look forward to using those experiences to help me in my newest chapter of being an assistant principal. I want to especially thank Ms. Sims for taking the time to serve as a mentor to me over the last several years, her knowledge and willingness to help is something that has allowed me become the educator I am today. I have a lot to learn, and I am anxious to get started. I look forward to working with this tremendous staff as we move forward in our goal to become one of the top middle schools in the state."
We look forward to having this team continue the work at LCMS to prepare our students for high school, college, careers, and citizenship!