New principal named for Rodburn Elementary

James Hood-Rodburn Principal

There will be a new face in the hallways of Rodburn Elementary School this fall.  The school’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council has selected James Hood to become the new principal.

Mr. Hood brings with him 13 years of experience as a classroom teacher, teaching social studies, science and writing at Rowan County Middle School.  He has also served on the middle school’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council as a teacher representative and currently serves as the President of the Rowan County Education Association.  He has worked diligently to promote the values, culture, and growth mindset of the Rowan County School District.

“If you were to ask my colleagues to list my strengths as an educator, I believe they would describe me as being enthusiastic, energetic, flexible, honest, and committed,” said James Hood.  “I am confident that I can use these strengths and my qualifications to help Rodburn Elementary promote its vision of inspiring and creating lifelong learners.”

“James Hood is someone who has dedicated his career to teaching and is a strong advocate for public education,” said Supt. John Maxey.  “While he was a teacher at Rowan County Middle School, he was committed to his students and their educational success.  I believe that he will bring that same level of commitment to the Rodburn Elementary School students.”

Not only has Mr. Hood developed positive relationships with his students, he also works hard to maintain open lines of communications with parents and other stakeholders.

“As principal, I hope to be able to lead a building that embraces teamwork, a growth mindset, open and plentiful communication, and an abundance of community involvement,” said Mr. Hood.  “I would foster a school culture that includes a mutual high level of trust and respect between all faculty, staff, and administration.”

Mr. Hood graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University in 2006 and earned his Education Specialist rank at Morehead State University in 2019.  He and his wife, Kristen, who is a teacher at Rowan County Middle School, have two daughters.

“It is my hope to have a positive impact on the students of Rodburn Elementary School,” stated Mr. Hood.  “I feel that my passion for education, love for this district, and administrative philosophy will serve me as I take this step to become principal of Rodburn Elementary School.”

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