ADAMS TOWNSHIP — The assistant principal during the past four years at Clinton-Massie Elementary has been promoted to principal for that school.
Jennifer Updike said Tuesday, “This is the golden ticket of administration because the staff, students, families and community members care so much about our kids and their education.”
Prior to working as assistant principal, Updike was a classroom teacher 11 years, including two years as a Clinton-Massie sixth-grade math teacher.
Before that, she taught nine years at West Carrollton City Schools.
Updike earned an educational leadership degree in 2005 from the University of Dayton, and before that received her bachelor’s degree from Wright State University.
Her father was in the U.S. Air Force. “So I’ve moved around and had lots of different experiences,” she said.
Updike said she is looking forward to serving the community, and to a long, happy career as Clinton-Massie Elementary School principal.
Succeeding her as assistant principal at the elementary will be Shelley Bailey, who has taught fourth-grade children for 11 years at Clinton-Massie Elementary.
Bailey began her career as an educator at Lynchburg-Clay Local Schools. There she taught third-graders as well as seventh- and eighth-grade social studies.
She was at Lynchburg-Clay for eight years before moving to Clinton-Massie Elementary.
She recently finished the principal license program with Ashland University. Bailey obtained her master of education degree in educational leadership from Wright State University, and earned her bachelor of arts degree from Wilmington College.
She resides in Waynesville with her son Cameron, who will be a seventh-grader at Waynesville Middle School.
Bailey said she is excited to serve the staff, students and teachers as the assistant principal at Clinton-Massie Elementary.
Also hired at Monday night’s board of education session — and a new staffer in the school district — is Jennifer Jones who was named student services director.
Most recently, Jones served as special education director at East Clinton for four years.
Previously, she worked as elementary teacher for East Clinton students with multiple handicaps, and as a preschool special education teacher at the Nike Center in Clinton County.
She has also worked as school public relations director at Wilmington City Schools and at Miamisburg City Schools.
Her background includes working as a reporter with the Wilmington News Journal.
Currently, she’s working on a doctorate at Northern Kentucky University in educational leadership. Jones earned a master’s degree at Mount St. Joseph University near Cincinnati, and her undergraduate degree is from Wilmington College. She also has taken education coursework at Xavier University.
She describes herself as a “Clinton County girl. I love it here.”
Jones added, “My husband Jason and I are excited to bring our boys to Clinton-Massie and join the Falcon family.”
In other personnel action: The board hired Ashli Martin as a fourth-grade math/science teacher; hired Jennifer Horner as elementary counselor; hired Kayla Ward-Brown to teach students in grades 6 to 12 with multiple handicaps; and hired Scott Rolf as high school math teacher.
Under the agenda’s “new business” section, a committee was formed to review lacrosse becoming a school-sponsored sport. The two board of education members who will comprise the committee are Chris Harrison and Andy Avery.
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