By Tom Dekle, Communications Director
Haley Gootee Victery, an experienced elementary school teacher and certified guidance counselor, has been selected by the school’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council to lead Cox’s Creek Elementary School (CCES) into the new school year.
“There are a number of signs of good potential for principal leadership. One of those indicators can be a hard-working, rock-star teacher. Ms. Victery is certainly one of those,” said Superintendent Anthony Orr. “We look forward to her leadership at Cox’s Creek.”
A native of Marion County, Victery comes to CCES by way of Foster Heights Elementary School, where she taught fifth grade last year while participating in the district’s Leaders in Development (LIDS) program.
Victery and husband, James, live in Cox’s Creek, and as part of that community, CCES will be the home school for their two children, Maggie, 18 months, and Josie, 3.
While participating in the LIDS program, “I saw some great things taking place (at CCES), and I wanted to be a part of that,” Victery said. “My husband and I feel like everyone we have come to know here is very nice. We can just tell it is a very tightknit and friendly community.”
A national board-certified teacher, Victery is also professionally certified as a guidance counselor for all grades. She earned her Master of Arts in Education for School Counseling at Western Kentucky University, where she is currently working on her principal certification.
Speaking of her background in counseling, “I feel like that will be used daily working with students, teachers, parents – all the core groups,” Victery said.
Prior to coming to Nelson County, Victery was a primary and intermediate teacher at Plano Elementary School in Warren County.
Thus far in her career, Victery has already taken on numerous leadership roles. She helped implement the Leader in Me program as part of the faculty Lighthouse Team at Foster Heights. She also chaired the student action team, which worked to find leadership positions for students to take on at school.
Haley Victery, right, meets with well-wishers after being named the new principal at CCES.