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New NCHS Principal: Consistency, high standards will strengthen culture for student success

Jessica Sekulski

For Jessica Sekulski, taking on the role of principal at Nelson County High School is a mix of the personal and professional.

She is a longtime educator in the Nelson County Schools district with experience in high school and middle schools. But she is also a parent, with her son at Bloomfield Middle and her daughters at Cox’s Creek Elementary.

So when the principal’s position came open at the high school her children will attend, she knew it was right for her.

“I saw an opportunity to positively impact a lot of kids, including my own,” Sekulski said. “I think that allows you to see some things from a different perspective, as a leader.”

A big part of the new role will be guiding the school as it evolves into a campus that unites middle and high schools, and Sekulski said this transition provides a unique opportunity for the school to build a culture that honors its history and traditions while also focusing on what students need to be successful in the future.

Consistency is important, she said, and she took the job expecting to lead the school for many years to come. She said stability is part of establishing expectations to guide both students and staff.

“We are going to have high standards,” Sekulski said. “I’m here to continue to build that culture and strengthen it and ensure we are all on the same page.

“I know our students and staff will rise to that occasion.”

Sekulski worked for two years as Director of Pupil Personnel for the district from 2018-2020, but most of her experience is as a school counselor, a position that bridges the administrative side and working closely with students. That role provided her insight into what students need from a social-emotional standpoint as well as college and career-readiness.

“That probably provides me with a wider lens than a lot of other principals might have,” she said. “I feel some of my strongest assets are relationship building and working with a diverse set of students to provide college and career opportunities.”

Sekulski’s experience in the district — at Bloomfield Middle, Thomas Nelson, The Academy and most recently at Old Kentucky Home Middle — as well as the personal relationships she has built raising her family in Nelson County resulted in a warm welcome from the community following the announcement of her new role on Friday.

“Jessica Sekulski is the right person at the right time to lead NCHS into the future,” said Jenny Kidwell, a parent representative on the SBDM. Richard Argueta, a math teacher and teacher representative added, “We are excited that Mrs. Sekulski brings a vision and belief that unites both high academic standards and positive school culture.”

Sekulski is set to officially assume the role July 1.

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