Mr. Brent Holsclaw, superintendent, has announced the selection of Michelle Sharp as principal of the Bardstown Early Childhood Education Center, effective July 1.
A Selection Committee, which included two teachers elected by the Early Childhood staff, conducted the search, which drew 24 applicants. The applicants were narrowed to 11 by the committee, then to four who were interviewed.
Ms. Sharp received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University. She attained her master’s in Elementary Counseling and her Rank I in School Administration from Western Kentucky University.
Ms. Sharp began her teaching career in Carrollton, Kentucky before coming to Bardstown Elementary School where she taught a combined 3rdand 4thgrade class from 1998 – 2002. Upon leaving Bardstown Elementary, Ms. Sharp became a guidance counselor and assistant principal in the Bullitt County Public School System. She most recently served as Assistant Principal of New Haven School in Nelson County.
According to Mr. Holsclaw, Ms. Sharp emerged from a very strong field of candidates as having the classroom and administrative experience for this position. “Ms. Sharp is wonderfully suited in education, experience and personality to lead our Early Childhood Education program into the future,” said Holsclaw.
Bardstown City Schools has a very strong tradition in Early Childhood Education, having opened the first 4-year-old program in the state of Kentucky in 1985, then following it with a program for 3-year-olds a few years later. “Bardstown City Schools has been, and continues to be, a leader in Early Childhood Education and we look forward to Ms. Sharp’s leadership of this program that is so important to our community,” said Holsclaw.
Ms. Sharp said she considers it a privilege to have been chosen to lead such a great program and staff whose reputation is already well-known throughout the community. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be this school's principal,” she said. “My own children go to school here so I have seen first-hand the great work this school does.”
Michelle and husband, Tim, have two daughters, Sophia and Ella.