The West Hardin Middle School Site-Based Decision Making Council has asked Michael Elmore, the current assistant principal at James T. Alton Middle School, to become the school’s new principal.
“I’m excited to go back to West Hardin Middle School,” Elmore said. “My time there as a student and a teacher helped mold me and has always meant a lot to me. I’m thankful to the West Hardin SBDM for placing its confidence in me. We will continue to focus on student growth and helping students excel in and out of the classroom. I truly appreciate the people and experiences I encountered at James T. Alton. It is a wonderful school and I’ll always treasure everyone there.”
Elmore started his teaching career in 1995 as a seventh grade math teacher at the former Radcliff Middle School. After a two-year stint there, he became a math teacher at Central Hardin High School. He served in that role until 2004. He then spent the next five years as an assistant principal at Hebron Middle School in Bullitt County Public Schools. He came back to Hardin County Schools in 2009 to teach math at West Hardin and left in 2014 to fill the assistant principal’s role at James T. Alton.
“Mr. Elmore has had the opportunity to serve as an assistant principal under a number of talented principals,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “He will bring this knowledge base with him. If you combine that with his focus on student success, it makes him the right choice for West Hardin Middle School.”
“My philosophy is very simple – keep students first,” Elmore said. “I believe that we must use data in efficient ways to monitor growth, engage with students and differentiate instruction while building and maintaining a solid and positive rapport with students. The West Hardin staff plays an instrumental role in helping students reach beyond their goals. I’m excited to join them in using all of the resources available to our school for student success.”
Elmore graduated from West Hardin High School in 1990 and Western Kentucky University in 1994. He also earned his Master’s degree from WKU. His Rank I in Administration was earned from the University of the Cumberlands.
He takes his new role after former principal Mike Lawson became the HCS Director of Human Resources in September. Phillip Pike, the current interim principal at West Hardin, will return to his assistant principal’s role at East Hardin Middle School.