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Elkhart school board approved two key leadership promotions, drawing from the district’s own talented educators, at a time when COVID-19 precautions are challenging schools to quickly adapt instruction and its delivery. Kristin Poole Steely is Elkhart Elementary’s new principal; Yancy Bell is the district’s new director of technology. Both educators are transitioning from teaching careers at Elkhart High School, and both have earned master’s degrees in educational leadership. With state COVID-19 cases rising, local educators are focusing their efforts on preparing for a second school shutdown while remaining optimistic about embracing resources that will provide support, both in and out of the classroom. Elkhart schools have an enrollment of roughly 1,200 students and 100 teachers.
Steely told the Herald-Press she is eager to begin classes in the fall. “I know that this year is going to bring us challenges, but with determination and a positive attitude, it can be the most exciting,” she said. “I want to ensure all my students are receiving highly motivated instruction in the classroom with support from our staff.”Serving students in pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and the first- and second- grade, Elkhart Elementary has an enrollment of roughly 330 students. Steely replaces Kyle Johnson as …
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