Georgetown, KY ‚Äď Two educators with Georgetown College connections were named to prominent positions in the Fayette County Schools system in the past few days ‚Äď and both have daughters at GC who are majoring in Elementary Education!
Tom Shelton, who was named the new superintendent of schools on Friday, begins his new duties Sept. 1 succeeding Stu Silberman. On Monday, Mike Henderson ‚Äď who earned his master‚Äôs in secondary education from Georgetown College in ‚Äė94 ‚Äď was named principal at Lexington‚Äôs Bryan Station High School and will start July 1.
Currently, Shelton is head of the Daviess County Schools. He is married to Gwen Armstrong Shelton ‚Äô87, who was a Sociology major at Georgetown.
Their daughter is Abby, who is following in her mother‚Äôs Phi Mu footsteps, is VP Membership and Chapter Recruitment Chair. The junior from Owensboro also helps with GC‚Äôs phone-a-thons. After a GC alternative spring break to Mission Arlington (Texas), Abby was ‚Äúcalled‚ÄĚ to use her Elementary Education degree ultimately to work in children‚Äôs ministry ‚Äď after seminary.
Mike Henderson, who taught high school science for 13 years before, has served in a number of administrative positions ‚Äď including three years as principal of George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester. The past two years he has been with the Kentucky Department of Education helping struggling high schools.
Henderson fondly remembered GC professors Verna Lowe and Ben Oldham and especially appreciated getting to take a couple of Science classes that fit his needs. ‚ÄúI liked my experience at Georgetown so much we sent our daughter there,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe knew she‚Äôd get a quality education there.‚ÄĚ
Senior Taylor Henderson, who is studying in Austria this summer, will be captain of the GC Girls Soccer team when she returns in the fall.