LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A veteran educator has been named the new principal of St. Matthews Elementary School.

Scottie Collier, who has been an assistant principal at the school since January, was selected as the new leader by the school's site-based decision making council on Tuesday. 

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Collier told WDRB News on Friday. “I love this school and this community and will help continue the great progress that has been made here.”

Collier replaces Shannon LaChappelle, who will start her new job as assistant director of pupil personnel in JCPS central office on Monday.

Collier has over 13 years experience as a teacher and administrator. He taught in JCPS for six years, left to become a principal in Nelson County and then came back to Louisville as an assistant principal at Fairdale Elementary, before moving to St. Matthews.

St. Matthews Elementary, located on Browns Lane, serves nearly 600 students in grades K-5.

Collier has a bachelor's degree from Tennessee Temple University and a master's from Spalding University. He and his wife, Amy, have two children who attend St. Matthews Elementary School.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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