The Boonville R-I school district named Stephanie Green as principal of Laura Speed Elliott Middle School beginning in the 2018-2019 school year via news release on Thursday, March 22.
“I’m very grateful for the confidence Dr. Ficken, Dr. Marriott, the interview team and the school board have placed in me by placing me in this leadership position,” said Green of her selection, “I hope to help the staff at the middle school continue to set and achieve rigorous educational goals for our students.”
Green has taught in the English Language Arts department and coached boys and girls tennis at Boonville High School since Fall 2001. She possesses a Bachelors of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction English and Journalism Education from the University of Missouri in addition to minors in Spanish and Psychology. Green currently serves as the curriculum coordinator for grades sixth through twelfth in the district, district technology instructor while continuing to instruct English at Boonville High School.
“Coming from the high school environment, my experience should provide opportunities for us to continue to engage students, faculty and staff at a high level. By involving the community even more, the possibilities for having a positive, interactive, progressive middle school experience for our students is exciting,” concluded Green.
Green, will officially begin serving as LSE principal on August 1, 2018 and succeeds current principal Fred Smith, who was named as the district’s assistant superintendent. A hiring committee of district staff and administrators conducted interviews for the position before deciding on offering the position to Green. The official offer was rendered by the district board of education during its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 21.
“Her (Green) number of years of experience in education was a true benefit for her. She has 23 years so she has a wealth of information she’s able to bring as well as having a really diverse teaching background,” explained Dr. Sarah Marriott, current assistant superintendent and incoming district superintendent, on the qualities making Green the ideal hire for the LSE principal opening.
Marriott continued by stating that a goal of the district is to make LSE one of the best middle schools in the state, which she hopes will occur under Green’s leadership as principal.
Green’s career in the classroom began in 1994 at Kemper Military School and Junior College. While teaching English as a Second Language and many other courses eighth grade through junior college at KMS, Green coached high school girls basketball. After teaching in Jamestown from 1997 to 2001, Green was employed my Boonville High School in 2001 to teach English, assistant speech and drama coach, newspaper and yearbook advisor and boys and girls tennis coach.
In 2007, Green was named the Missouri State Journalism Instructor of the Year by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association. She continues to serve in an administrative capacity with M.I.P.A. and for the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop held each summer at the University of Missouri.
Green was born in Nashville, TN, and is 1989 graduate of Boonville High School.