“I’m very excited and humbled to be named principal of Nelson County High School,” commented Tanya Jo Jury, Monday, June 5, upon being selected as the new principal for NCHS.
The school’s site-based decision-making council made the decision official Monday evening in a vote during a brief meeting in the school media center.
“We are very happy that Ms. Jury’s commitment to our students and our community has led her to the role of head principal at Nelson County High School,” said Superintendent Anthony Orr about the selection. “Ms. Jury brings the mindset of a learner, a teacher, and a leader. We look forward to seeing great things at NCHS as she works with the staff on behalf of students.”
A Washington County native, the former NCHS assistant principal brings a thorough knowledge of the school to her new role, both as an administrator and a parent.
“I understand where we are and where we need to go,” she said, mentioning a continued focus on school culture and two-way communication as extremely important ingredients for success among students, staff, and parents.
“It is very important we make sure staff feels empowered and valued,” Jury said, adding that it will also be important to maintain high expectations while assuring parents and students that their experience at NCHS will be a great one.
“I want to make sure parents feel welcome, valued, and involved,” Jury said. “It should be a partnership.”
Jury has lived in Nelson County for 17 years. Her son, Tyler Case, will be a senior at NCHS this year. “That offers a different perspective. I’ve been his assistant principal for two years. Now I’ll be his principal. He said he was OK with that.”
Jury earned her bachelor of arts degree from Western Kentucky University with a major in broadcast news. She procured her master of arts in teaching and Rank I at Morehead State University. She is currently working on a doctorate in education at the University of Kentucky with a major in educational leadership. She anticipates a degree in May 2018.
NCHS Principal Tanya Jury