New principal named for Rodburn Elementary

Andrea Murray

Replacing someone as capable and as admired as Bev Gilliam as the principal of Rodburn Elementary School was the difficult task at hand for the members of the RES Site-Based Decision-Making Council this month.  After poring over the applications of over ten candidates and narrowing the field to four, the members of the Rodburn Elementary’s school council unanimously selected Andrea Murray to be the next principal of Rodburn Elementary School. 

“I am overwhelmed with excitement and honored to have been selected to be the next principal of Rodburn Elementary School.  I guess you could say that I’m as proud as a peacock!” said Andrea Murray.  

 “Rodburn’s council had a difficult decision to make but Andrea Murray was a strong applicant,” said Superintendent Marvin Moore.  

He then added, “I think she is a good fit for Rodburn because she is familiar with the staff and the students already.  With her knowledge of the school community – the staff, the students, and the parents – I think she can hit the ground running.” 

Ms. Murray has over 14 years of teaching experience from kindergarten through high school, eight of which have been as an art teacher at both Rodburn and Clearfield Elementary Schools.  She began her teaching career with the Wolfe County School System and came to Rowan County Schools in 2006.   She graduated with her Master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 2004 and completed her Rank I at Morehead State University in 2013.  

She is eager to begin her new job and looks forward to maintaining the school climate and culture that had been developed under Bev Gilliam’s leadership as principal. 

“There is such a family atmosphere at this school,” said Ms. Murray.   “To be given the opportunity to represent the students and staff of this school, a school that I consider to be family, is such a wonderful opportunity.” 

She then added, “I credit my success in education to the high value that I place on personal integrity while representing both this district and myself in an ethical and respectable manner.  I want to impart that sense of integrity on the students and staff and set high expectations for them because I know they are more than capable.  We’re family and we work together to succeed.”

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