Michael Hill named principal of Watterson Elementary School

He will start his new role on July 1

Michael Hill will take over as principal of Watterson Elementary on July 1, 2019

By Toni Konz Tatman | JCPS Communications 

Michael Hill has been selected as the new principal of Watterson Elementary School. 

Hill began his career 11 years ago with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) as a teacher at Slaughter Elementary School. He has been the assistant principal at Goldsmith Elementary School since 2015. He will start July 1 and replaces Carol Ferry, who is retiring from the district.

"Mr. Hill has a wide range of experience," said Joe Leffert, assistant superintendent of elementary schools. "He values and promotes a culture that focuses on high-level learning and high expectations that ensure equity for all by providing meaningful learning experiences for every student."

Hill said he is excited about the opportunity to lead Watterson and looks forward to meeting with parents, staff and other stakeholders.

"As principal of Watterson, I will be a goal oriented and data driven instructional leader," he said. "I also believe in putting a large focus on school culture. I get into classrooms as often as possible and leave feedback for all. I consistently send positive note cards to students, parents and staff because I want them to know I appreciate their efforts."

Hill is part of the district's 2018-19 Principal Pipeline Cohort and is also a member of the district's New Leaders cohort. 

Over the past year, he introduced “No Worksheet Wednesday” to Goldsmith with a purpose of having teachers create lessons that were project based and meaningful. 

Hill earned his bachelor's degree in Health and Human Performance and his master's degree in teaching from the University of Louisville.

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