LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An educator with a deep background in leading both middle and high school students has been selected as the new principal at Moore Traditional School.

Rob Fulk, an assistant superintendent and chief academic officer at Trimble County Schools, will take over his new role July 1.

He was chosen by the school's site-based council on Wednesday and replaces Vicki Lete, who was found by the state earlier this year to not have the capacity to lead turnaround efforts at the middle school level at Moore. 

Fulk, 35, previously taught in Oldham County and has also been an administrator in Nelson and Bullitt counties.

"I have had Moore on my radar since about 2008," Fulk told WDRB in an interview Thursday afternoon. "I am a big proponent of the combined 6-12 school approach, and when I saw that Moore was looking for a new principal, I had to apply."

Fulk is a graduate of St. Xavier High School in Louisville and earned his bachelor's degree in English and master's degree in special education from the University of Louisville.

In many ways, Fulk said he has tried to "construct my career over the years, so that one day I could become a principal at Moore."

"This honestly, for me, is the job -- it's an opportunity I have hoped and waited for for many years." he said. "I love the south end, I love Louisville and there is no where else I want to be."

Fulk said one of his primary goals is to get Moore's middle school out of priority status.

"There has been a lot of negative attention at Moore, but just in the past month there has been a student recognized for a national poetry award and 400-meter state track champion," he said. "There are a lot of great things taking place at Moore."

"I want to build a culture where students want to attend, teachers want to teach and where parents want to send their kids," he said. "I will build a school that they are all proud of."

Lete, who had been principal at Moore since 2008, has since been named an assistant principal at duPont Manual High School.

Fulk also serves on the board of directors for the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and teaches at Bellarmine University.

He and his wife Natalie have three children – Brigid, 10, Atticus, 7, and Eleanor, 22 months. They reside in the south end of Louisville.

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