The Tippecanoe School Corporation has appointed three new assistant principals. At Burnett Creek Elementary School, Carrie Painter will serve as the new assistant principal, Doug Nelson joins the administrative team at McCutcheon High School and Justin Myers will fill a new assistant principal position at Harrison High School.
Painter returns to the TSC after serving one year as an assistant principal in the Delphi School Corporation. She replaces Tami Jacobs who was named the new principal at Wea Ridge Elementary School.
Painter has previous experience as a student support specialist, teacher and coordinator for the English Language Learner program. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Purdue University.
“Carrie stood out because of her diverse experiences serving students at different levels throughout her career,” says Principal Matt Ridenour. “She will be a positive influence serving our school community.”
“Coming back to TSC means so much to me, especially Burnett Creek where I was housed during my coordinator for multilingual learners,” says Painter. “We live in TSC and my daughter has had a wonderful educational journey here. The resources TSC offers to their students and staff are immense.”
As assistant principal, Painter will oversee student discipline, special education, support staff and other duties at the school of more than 700 students.
Doug Nelson joins the administrative team at McCutcheon High School after serving two years as an assistant principal in the South Newton School Corporation. He fills a vacancy created at McCutcheon when Assistant Principal Chris Bearden was named the new transportation director. Nelson is a Ball State graduate with more than 20 years of experience in education.
“Mr. Nelson’s unique background in general and special education made him an ideal candidate,” says McCutcheon High School Principal Gloria Grigsby. “His experience will be beneficial as he oversees student attendance and parking, as well as staff evaluations and educational best practices.” Nelson will also assist with student-led clubs and facility rentals.
Nelson looks forward to building relationships within the school of nearly 1,800 students: “My goal is to start building relationships with students and staff in order to enhance student achievement, bring new ideas to help maintain an already strong school culture, and assist in teacher collaboration.”
Harrison High School welcomes Justin Myers as a new assistant principal. He comes to the TSC from the Maconaquah School Corporation where he served two years as a high school principal and five years as a middle school assistant principal and athletic director. In addition, he has experience teaching career and technical education courses at Lafayette Jefferson High School and in the Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Development Program at Purdue University. He has a bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Purdue.
“We are excited to have Mr. Myers join our administrative team,” says Principal Cory Marshall. “His experiences as a career and technical education teacher and administrator have provided a strong foundation for his success. His enthusiasm for working with students, staff and the school community was clear through the interview process.”
As a McCutcheon High School graduate, Myers is excited to return to the TSC and says he’s dedicated to providing all students an opportunity for success. “I will approach each day with a positive mindset and with a servant's heart,” says Myers. “I want our families to know that I will approach my work in a similar manner that my wife and I approach parenting our children: Be respectful, be kind, show love, set an example and do your best.”
In his role, Myers will conduct teacher and staff evaluations, manage daily school operations, oversee student clubs and activities at the school of nearly 2,200 students.
The TSC Board of School Trustees ratified the new administrative contracts at the July 12 meeting.