The School Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council at Georgetown Middle school has selected a new principal. Rhonda Schornick, currently the Scott County District Response-to-Intervention (RTI) Coordinator, will assume her new position on July 1, 2012.
Schornick has 22 years of experiences in education, including teaching middle school social studies and special education for 17 years at both Southside Middle School in Paris, KY and Scott County Middle School. Recently, she worked four years as Dean of Students at Scott County Middle School and the past year as the Scott County District RTI Coordinator in which she collaborated with principals and teachers at all the schools in Scott County. In addition, she has also served as the district Title IX coordinator for the past four years.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to be the principal at GMS,” Schornick said. “I think my time and experiences in Scott County have prepared me to take on this new role. I’m so thrilled to begin working with the great teachers and staff at GMS.”
Schornick replaces Tommy Hurt who left GMS to take over as Chief Information Officer for Shelby County Schools.
Schornick says she is excited to get started and begin building relationships with the GMS community and especially the students. “I was in the building a lot last year in my role as RTI Coordinator and got to know some of the kids and am looking forward to building on those relationships with the students as the school principal. There are a lot of great things going on at GMS and it will be important to work with the teachers, staff, and students to build upon what already exists.”
Patricia Putty, Superintendent of Scott County Schools, who served as chairperson of the Georgetown Middle SBDM Council during the principal search process, welcomed Schornick to her new position.
“Mrs. Schornick is a tremendous instructional leader with a multitude of experience and expertise that will help her lead GMS and build upon the work that has been taking place,” Putty said. “I cannot wait until the Georgetown Middle School community gets a chance to meet her. They will see in a heartbeat that her passion is helping students and empowering teachers.”
Other district leaders echoed her praise.
“Georgetown Middle School has put a lot of great things in place and Rhonda will work with the staff and community as a team to build on those and make sure that all students are successful,” said Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning Matt Thompson. “Having worked with Rhonda almost every day this past year, I am so excited for the students, parents, families, and staff at GMS to have that same honor.”
“Rhonda is an excellent educator with a passion to insure student learning. She has experience in many areas of education and will be a great addition to Georgetown Middle School,” added Chip Southworth, Director of Secondary Schools.
Schornick, 47, and her husband David, have lived in Georgetown for the past 16 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology from Morehead State University, special education and middle school endorsement also from Morehead State, and a master’s degree, Rank I, and principal certificate from Eastern Kentucky University.