Heather Carden

Stevenson Elementary School has a new principal.

Russellville Independent superintendent Larry Joe Begley announced late last week that Heather Carden has been named principal of Stevenson.

Carden has over 12 years educational experience at Horse Branch Elementary School with the Ohio County School System.

She received her Bachelors of Science, Masters in Educational Administration, and Rank I in Teacher Leader all from Western Kentucky University.

“I am beyond blessed with this opportunity to serve as instructional leader alongside fellow educators, students, and the community of Russellville,” Carden said. “I am most excited with the opportunity to get to know everyone, while building a positive school culture centered around student achievement, community involvement, and encouraging parent relationships.”

She has a drive for rigorous academia and an encouraging rapport with those with whom she works. Carden added that she is looking forward to inspiring students at R E Stevenson Elementary School, ensuring that every student has the opportunity and support to be the best he or she can be.

“Our Panther family is lucky to have Ms. Carden on our team...she has an infectious energy,” said RIS superintendent Larry Begley. “I am confident in her natural born leadership and I believe that the whole community will love the way she loves and supports her staff and kids.”

Begley also praised how serious the Stevenson site based decision making council took this principal selection process.

— Staff report

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