GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Craig Wallace ’93 has been named principal of North Oldham High School in Prospect, Ky., one of Kentucky’s top-performing public high schools. He assumes his new post July 1.
An associate principal at NOHS since 2006, Wallace began his teaching career in Oldham County 16 years ago, first at South Oldham High then moving to North when it opened. He was excited to be part of “opening” a new school and seeing it develop. Besides his undergraduate degree (History) from Georgetown College, Wallace holds degrees from the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. He is currently pursuing his superintendent’s certificate from the University of Louisville.
Oldham Superintendent Will Wells said Wallace’s commitment to education and district’s philosophy will make him an exceptional leader at NOHS. Wells announced his acceptance of the school’s site-based decision making council April 15.
“Craig is passionate about education, values professional development, and recognizes the importance of communication between all stakeholders,” Wells said.
Wallace said the success of many students is built upon the relationships that are established within a school.
“As a classroom teacher and as an administrator, I have always worked very hard to build strong, supportive relationships with my students and colleagues,” he said. “Likewise, creating a common vision for a school, working together to improve teachers’ instructional practices and positively impacting student learning can best be accomplished when strong relationships are built and maintained between administrators and teachers.”
Wallace emphasized his dedication to ensuring the learning of every child, and his dedication to ensuring each teacher has the capacity to reach that goal. As principal, Wallace said he will protect time for professional learning communities on early release days, meet with PLC leaders regularly and find quality professional development that improves and grows teachers’ toolboxes.
“Each teacher needs to know that their growth professional is one of the most important items on my plate,” Wallace said. “It is only when dedicated, highly reflective, and acutely skilled educators work together toward a common goal can all of a school’s students reach their potential as learners.”
With that, Wallace said it is important each teacher makes time to “take the pulse” of each student to gauge their individual level of learning. At that point, teachers can differentiate instruction so every student can be appropriately challenged.
And while life-long learning is important professionally, that desire to constantly be learning is important for teachers to model for students, too.
“Students need to hear that you just read the last book in the Harry Potter series or that you went to see ‘Wicked’ at the Kentucky Center for the Arts,” he said. “If they can see your excitement for learning is real, then maybe it will inspire them to greater heights as a learner.”
As he steps into his new role, Wallace said he will emphasize openness and communication with parents and other stakeholders. He said the school’s use of e-newsletters and social media will continue, but that he will also be constantly looking for new ways for parents to “stay plugged in” to their child’s educational world.
Wallace knows his new role will come with its own set of challenges as North strives for excellence. But, he sees that as his mission and the mission of the school and staff.
“Everything that we do and every decision we make as educators flow from our love for kids and their learning,” he said.