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Newton named TNHS Interim

By Tom Dekle, Communications Director

Thomas Nelson High School Assistant Principal Courtney H. Newton has been appointed interim principal during the search process for a new principal.  Former principal Wes Bradley has already begun his tenure as superintendent for the Nelson County Schools system.

“Thomas Nelson has a powerful structure to assist in building students’ capacity to lead,” Newton said. “Mr. (Assistant Principal Mark) Webster and I are excited to continue to build on these structures and systems collectively created by the Thomas Nelson community of LEARNERs and LEADERs.”

A Thomas Nelson educator since the school first opened, Newton has earned a master’s in educational leadership from Columbia University (New York) and a Master’s in secondary education from Western Governor’s University (Salt Lake City). She received an undergraduate degree in political science at Saint Martin’s University (Lacey, Wash.).  

Originally from Louisville, Newton has lived in Nelson County for seven years. “I am committed to this community.  Upon moving to Nelson County, one of the first things I noticed was the people of this county truly care for one another,” Newton said.

Bradley has recused himself from the search process for a new principal and has appointed former Interim Superintendent Tom Brown to be his designee to serve with the TNHS site-based council during the search.

The search process has started, and the hope is to name a new principal by the end of May, Brown said, as he outlined a tentative timeline for the process.

Tentative Timeline

April 24 – Position first advertised

May 9 - The council receives selection training.

May 14, 15, 16 - council sets up the process, candidate criteria, and stakeholder survey.

May 29 - Interviews to be conducted

May 30 – Selection announced

Courtney H. Newton                                                                  TNHS Interim Principal Courtney H. Newton

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