ECA selects new principal

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Former LaRue County teacher will begin new job in September

By Kelly Cantrall

Elizabethtown Christian Academy will have a new leader at the beginning of next month.

Willie Dean Thomas, a retired chemistry teacher at LaRue County High School, has been hired as the new principal of the private school.

Thomas began her teaching career in Hardin County Schools and went to LaRue County in 1994. Along with her time at the high school, she also served as an assistant principal at LaRue County Middle School.

Thomas was attracted to the position because of the success ECA was having with its students, and she liked the idea of having the school environment aligned with church and home.

“You address the whole child that way,” she said.

She met with parents at the school’s open house and was pleased to find a group eager to learn what they can do assist their children in school.

“This was a very loving group of individuals,” she said.

Cheryl Veague, the board chair for ECA, said they were looking for a strong leader and a strong Christian for their new principal and were happy to find Thomas.

“She’s been in education for many, many years,” Veague said.

She and her staff will be working with instructors at Campbellsville University to address staff development. One challenge will be learning to negotiate aspects of school leadership usually left to a Central Office in a public school district, like technology and purchasing supplies.

“Some of that is a little new to me,” she said.

Her official retirement date is Sept. 1, which is when she will begin working at ECA on a daily basis, though she’s already spent some time there to ease the transition. But she knew she wasn’t completely done working when she left LaRue County High.

“I felt like I still had things I want to contribute to education,” Thomas said.

Will Stolz has been hired part-time as development director for the school and will focus on employee development.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.