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Daniel Mullins begins job with HCS elementary today

By Kelly Cantrall

New Highland Elementary School has a new leader to take it into the next school year.

Daniel Mullins, a teacher at Brooks Elementary School in Bullitt County Schools, has been hired as principal at New Highland. Mullins begins today in his new role.

Mullins was attracted to the job by the small community feeling at New Highland, he said.

After a detour studying pediatric nursing in college, Mullins decided to pursue education. His mother was a teacher and he grew up around educators.

He also taught at Overdale Elementary School in Bullitt County and Semple Elementary School in Jefferson County in addition to Brooks, according to a news release from Hardin County Schools.

Mullins has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Spalding University and a National Board Certification. He was a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching for grades kindergarten through sixth, according to the news release.

Mullins is looking forward to working with New Highland students, and said he is "eager to take a new step in his career.”

He’s also ready to invite parents into the school community. A successful school needs parent involvement, he said.

The school’s site-based decision-making council was impressed with Mullins, Superintendent Nannette Johnston said in the release.

“We can tell he really has a passion for students and for taking their learning beyond the walls of the classroom,” she said.

Mullins replaces former principal Mark Thomas, who resigned in June after he was removed from the position in May following a suspension with pay.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747

or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.