LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Katie Stephens is the new principal at Bernheim Middle School. 

That's according to a news release sent to WDRB. Stephens will succeed Troy Kolb, who is now the new district Director of Special Education. Stephens takes over as principal at Bernheim Middle School after serving as assistant principal at Bullitt Central High School for a year. 

"Being the principal of Bernheim Middle School is an exciting, thrilling and humbling opportunity,” Stephens said in the news release. "Bernheim Middle School is an amazing school and I take this honor and responsibility very seriously and will make every effort to keep BMS moving with forward momentum.”

Bullitt County Public Schools Superintendent Keith Davis says Stephens has been a valuable addition to the district leadership team the past year.

"I am very pleased that she will carry on Bernheim Middle’s growing tradition of excellence," Davis said.

Stephens has been a science teacher for 17 years. Before working at Bullitt Central, she was Lead Science teacher and RTI chair at Oldham County Middle School where she also served as a district PEBC Thinking Strategies Lab Host for OVEC. She was part of the district team to plan, organize and facilitate professional development for science teachers in grades 6-12, as well as worked to help write science curriculum for grades 6-12.

Her short term goals for Bernheim Middle School are to have an excellent start to the school year for students and staff and providing students with a safe, caring and engaging school atmosphere to help students focus on learning and, hopefully, learn to love learning.

“We want to continue to celebrate student success and create even more opportunities to do so throughout the year,” she said. “Long term goals include work which began last year when Bernheim began exploring the Leader in Me program. We will continue to explore these ideas for this year in the hopes of developing students’ inner strength and their ability to persevere through life's challenges, be they academic, social or emotional,” Stephens said.

Stephens graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with her Bachelor Degree in Education, received her Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, and her Education Specialist degree from the University of Louisville. She resides in LaGrange, KY with her husband and children. 

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