Sue Osborne takes helm at Hodgenville Elementary

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By Linda Ireland

Sue Osborne has been selected as principal at Hodgenville Elementary School.
The HES site-based decision making council and Superintendent Sam Sanders made the announcement after a special called meeting June 30.
Osborne, a Bardstown native, served as principal of Washington County Elementary School from 2002-10 and Elementary Curriculum Supervisor in Mercer County this past year. She also has 14 years of classroom teaching experience in grades 4-8 at Bluegrass Middle School in Elizabethtown and Nelson County Schools. According to her resume, she taught language arts, was the drama enrichment coach and academic team coach.
She served as principal of Brooks Elementary School 2001-02 where she completed the Kentucky Principal Internship Program.
She graduated from Western Kentucky University, later earning her master’s degree in elementary education.
She replaces Penny Cecil who resigned her position to accept a position as curriculum specialist with the district’s central office. Cecil has been principal at HES for six years.
Osborne said she enjoyed teaching and loved her job as principal at Washington County, but “wanted experience in a diverse environment.”
“I was there eight years and though I loved the job, I decided it was time to try something new,” she said. “I loved everything related to curriculum and instruction, so I took the elementary curriculum supervisor position in Mercer County.
She found she missed the “daily interaction with kids and teachers and decided it’s where I need to be.”
“I love the principal position,” she added. “I love the pace and the fact that every day is different. I love working with teachers and kids. I love knowing that what we do makes a difference.”   
Sanders said Osborne “brings a great deal of experience and passion with her. She has a proven ability to lead a school toward continuous improvement over a period of time. I believe our students, staff, and community will respect her because she is about what is best for kids and also because she is very hardworking and approachable.”
Osborne began her new job July 1. She plans to move to the area as soon as possible.
There will be a reception for students, parents and community members held before the start of the 2011-12 school year.  
The HES SBDM members are Mary Owen, Jennifer Price, Tracy Hodge and Melissa Adams.  
The new SBDM members, whose term began July 1, also participated in the principal interviews, but could not vote. They are Mitzi Allen, LeAnn Yarbrough, Katie Cooper and Rex Hanson.