LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The assistant principal at Camp Taylor Elementary has been selected as the school's new principal.

John Shanton, who has been at Camp Taylor since 2013, will take over his new role Nov. 19. He previously worked as a special education teacher in Nashville and at the Binet School in Louisville.

He was chosen by the school's site-based council on Wednesday and replaces LaRae Whitley, who will become an administrative recruitment specialist with Jefferson County Public Schools.

"I had always worked in special education and never thought I would be in a comprehensive school, but when I got to Camp Taylor, I just fell in love with the school," he told WDRB News in an interview Thursday. "It's a cool little place to be. We have a very diverse student population and have a lot of challenges. I look forward to working to accomplish the goals that have been placed in front of us."

Shanton said when Whitley announced she was going to leave Camp Taylor after 12 years, he asked himself if he could see himself doing anything besides being the school's principal.

"The answer was no," he said. "I love this school."

Camp Taylor has approximately 500 students in grades K-5 and one Headstart preschool classroom.

He's a native of Balitmore and received his bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University and his master's degree from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Shanton is married with 3-year-old twins.

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

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