Ferdinand Elementary hires new principal

Herald Staff Writer

FERDINAND — After reviewing more than 20 applications, the Southeast Dubois School Board hired a new principal for Ferdinand Elementary School at a meeting Wednesday evening.


Stacy Kitchin, 51, of Ferdinand, will take over for retiring Principal Lee Begle when he leaves the position at the end of the school year. Begle has spent the past 41 years at the school and 34 as the lead administrator. Kitchin officially will become the new principal July 1.

Kitchin, curriculum director for Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. in Perry County, spent many years as a stay-at-home mother to her two children until she decided to pursue a career in education. She attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2004. From there, she moved on to Ball State University where she received a master’s degree in 2010.

Beginning in 2004, Kitchin taught elementary school students for seven years in Shelbyville before moving to southwest Indiana and accepting a teaching position at Holland Elementary School in August 2011. During her eight years as an elementary educator, she taught first, second and third grades. She became the curriculum director in Tell City this school year.

She is a graduate of the Dubois County Leadership Academy and has resided in Ferdinand with her husband, Tony, for the past two years.

Kitchin said she is excited to take her first steps as a principal next school year.

“I’m honored. I don’t know another way to put it. This is a dream,” she said this morning. “I’m so excited to work with the staff and the families and the students. They have such a high standard of excellence that they’ve achieved through Mr. Begle and the staff that work so hard. I’m just excited to build a camaraderie and collaboration.”

Superintendent Rick Allen told the board Wednesday that Kitchin’s time as curriculum director will help her be successful as a principal.

“She’s done 19 (Indiana Research-based Inclusive System of Evaluation) evaluations this year, so she has great experience in doing teacher evaluations,” he said. “She has excellent experience in curriculum.”

Board President Kent Uebelhor said the many applicants for the position were all very qualified, but the board members all agreed that Kitchin was the best person for the job.

Kitchin said she hopes to continue to support the teachers at the school as they make strides toward educational excellence and looks forward to building relationships with all of the students.
Ferdinand Elementary houses preschool to fourth grade and this year has 322 students.

“I will try to make this a very positive and seamless transition,” she said.

Contact Claire Moorman at cmoorman@dcherald.com.

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