WEST WILLIAMSON - Shannon Blackburn has hit the ground running during the first weeks of the new school year following his appointment as principal of Williamson Pre K-8 School.
“There are a lot of positive things we can do and report about our students,” Blackburn said.
Blackburn took over in late August at the school located in West Williamson.
He is a 2001 Morehead State University graduate. Blackburn earned a degree in Early Childhood Education K-6 and a master’s degree in leadership. Prior to going to Morehead State, Blackburn attended the Kentucky Christian College and was a member of the 1996 National Championship basketball team.
Blackburn is excited to accept this position and follow in the footsteps of former principal Paula Brown.
Blackburn’s goal is to keep the school moving in the right direction, as he said it did under Brown, and their school mission statement is “Kids First.”
“Brown brought together the Riverside Elementary School and Williamson Middle School, forming the current foundation for the school,” Blackburn said.
The new principal has been in the education field for the past 13 years. His latest position was as principal of Matewan Middle School, where the school received the highest state honor, that of a Success School. Prior to that, Blackburn worked as a school administrator and also spent three years in Compton, Calif., teaching fifth-grade in inner-city schools.
Blackburn has several projects in mind for his new school, including a film project by the eighth-graders. The school has also resumed the middle school football program.
His assistant principal is Ralph Pyskowski, who was at the school last year. The counselor is Peggy Wolford. Blackburn said they have been a great help in his transition. He also said he had a great staff of teachers and is looking forward to working with them this year.