Literacy coordinator hired as principal at David Turnham

Herald Staff Writer

DALE — The North Spencer School Board voted Monday evening to promote a literacy coach and former teacher to the lead role at David Turnham Educational Center on July 1.


Jennifer Jazyk, the corporation’s Title I literacy coordinator, will become the school’s new principal as current lead administrator Julie Kemp assumes a different role. This school year, Kemp served as the principal of both David Turnham and Chrisney Elementary School, but she soon will begin a new position as staff coordinator for the corporation and will retain the principal job at Chrisney.

Jazyk, 37, has spent her entire career with the corporation. After graduating from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1998, she accepted a position as a sixth-grade teacher at David Turnham, where she taught for nine years. She returned to school to obtain her master’s degree and completed the program at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2003. Six years ago, Jazyk became the literacy coordinator for the corporation.

“I did a lot of curriculum writing and driving the literacy curriculum,” she said of her current position.

This school year, Jazyk assisted Kemp by acting as lead administrator at whichever school Kemp was not able to be in.

“As I went through this year with Julie in almost an assistant role, I feel like I’ve learned a lot and I feel much more confident that I’m ready to make that next step,” she said.

Jazyk obtained her principal’s license from Indiana Wesleyan in 2008, and since then she has dreamed of assuming a leadership role in a corporation school.
“I’m extremely honored and extremely nervous,” she said Monda
y evening after being officially hired by the school board. “The staff is just really amazing, so I do consider it a great honor to be able to work with them in this capacity. I respect them and I feel like they respect me. I hope it’s a nice, smooth transition.”

At the meeting, the board thanked Jazyk for her hard work throughout the years.
“Thank you for supporting Julie not only this year, but for quite some time,” Superintendent Dan Scherry said.

Jazyk lives in Jasper with her husband, Nate, and their 3-year-old daughter, Andrea.

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