Waterford Elementary's new principal will work to raise school's performance

The Goshen school board approved the hiring of a new principal of Waterford Elementary who has experience with schools that need improvement.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 8:02 a.m.

Waterford Elementary's new principal has experience helping schools improve.

Katrina Overton, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was approved for the position at a Goshen school board meeting on Monday evening, April 28. 

She was selected over 29 other applicants partly because she has experience working with schools that need significant improvement in academic achievement, according to Tamra Ummel, assistant superintendent. 

Waterford received a D grade from the Indiana Department of Education for the past two years.

Other things that made Overton stand out were her 25 years as an educator, her skills in working with data and strong instructional leadership, Ummel said.

Overton currently works as assistant principal at Clifton Hills Elementary in Chattanooga.

She and her husband, Larry, were present at Monday's board meeting and Overton mentioned that her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live in Elkhart, so she has a connection to the area.

She will be returning to Indiana in May to work with current administration at Waterford, but won't begin her official duties as principal until July. 

Waterford's current principal, Kim Gallagher, is moving to an assistant principal position at Goshen High School

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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