A familiar face is joining the administration of Clay Community Schools.
Kimberly Tucker has been principal of Owen Valley High School, and worked in Spencer-Owen and Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporations before taking an Assistant Principal position with Avon Middle School this year.
And now, Tucker will bring her 25 years of experience here as assistant superintendent of Clay Community Schools.
She has deep ties in Clay County. Her parents have owned a business here for 40 years, and her son, daughter-in-law and grandson live in Clay County.
Tucker also began her teaching career at Northview High School, as a student teacher.
She will take over a position the corporation has not filled since 2005. Superintendent Dan Schroeder redefined the roll of the assistant superintendent earlier this school year to address testing, curriculum and professional development needs.
Tucker looks forward to addressing ISTEP+ testing deficiencies by working with those working with the kids.
"What's interesting about this coming year, is it allows me to work specifically with building administrators and teachers," Tucker said.
She set a goal to use data to not only improve remedial scores, but to look at the special population of high-achieving students as well.
"We're going to lift (high-achieving students) up, and bring the middle and low achieving students up with them," Tucker said.
Tucker has been the assistant principal at Avon Middle School for a short time, but the experience in a large corporation has been a positive one for her.
"It has been very interesting to work in a very large and explosive growth school community," she said. "It has allowed me to network with very qualified people."
Tucker said she is "very excited" to serve Clay County and return to a school corporation size that she is more familiar with.
Her contract in Avon ends June 30, and July 1, she will begin a new chapter in the development of Clay County Schools.