Jacinta Pleasant, a John Hardin High School English teacher, has been asked to serve as the new principal at Radcliff Elementary School by the school’s Site-Based Decision Making Council.
“I am honored to accept this position,” Pleasant said. “I’m excited to work with Radcliff Elementary staff, students, parents and community to help children succeed. It is our responsibility to show students that the mind and heart are important muscles that need to be fully developed and engaged. I’m thrilled to know that the Radcliff Elementary School community is compassionate, dedicated and motivated to help our students see the value of education.”
Mrs. Pleasant has worked two stints at John Hardin in the English department. Her first period of service came from 2001 to 2007 when a family move took her out of state. She came back to John Hardin in 2015. Her most recent experiences there also include time on the SBDM Council and Climate Committee. She was also the yearbook advisor and she helped to revise the school’s English III curriculum. She facilitated a week-long ACT English and Reading “Boot Camp” and assisted with Saturday ACT English and Reading study sessions. She has also served one year as an instructional coach at Nelson County High School (2014-2015), six years as an English teacher and English department chair at North Hardin High School (2008-2014), and as an English teacher at a high school in Ellenwood, Georgia (2007-2008).
“Mrs. Pleasant is a powerful teacher and will make a tremendous impact as principal,” Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “She has a strong passion for students and is dedicated to moving them forward in their educational career. Her varied experiences will help her in ensuring that students know more about the road to graduation. I’m confident she will do very well and will help Radcliff Elementary School do great things.”
“Students should know their school staff is sensitive and aware of their individual needs,” Pleasant added. “Radcliff Elementary has a tradition of guaranteeing that students feel valued, supported and engaged in academic, social, emotional and physical learning. I can’t wait to get started and become part of the Radcliff Elementary family.”
Pleasant is a North Hardin High School graduate. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, her Secondary Education Certification, Master of Arts and Rank I Certification from Western Kentucky University.
She replaces Chris Corder who has chosen to be the HCS Director of Student Transportation. He officially started in that role on July 1. HCS Director of Secondary Instruction and Curriculum Jon Thomas has been serving as the school’s interim principal the last couple of weeks.