Warren County school officials have been hard at work filling principal positions, and Irving College Elementary can finally welcome its new incoming principal Brandy Wilcher.
Wilcher is the current K-4 grade math interventionist at Morrison Elementary. She has been in this position for eight years now and was a kindergarten teacher for six years before this. She said, “Morrison has been my family my entire career.”
When starting, she “team taught” with April Farless for three years, and Wilcher credits Farless for helping her become a better teacher when she started on her own and for being a great mentor. She is sad to leave her home school for Irving College, but she added, “Irving College has been welcoming which has helped alleviate some of the stress and sadness.”
This attitude helped her make the difficult decision to accept the principal job.
Wilcher and her family are excited to make the move to Irving College as her son, Titus, will be moving there with her, and her daughter, Preston, will be starting kindergarten there. She was able to visit the school Wednesday to gain some familiarity and praised the school for its family-like atmosphere.
“They’re like a family out there, and that is important for me and my husband.”
Her husband Derek is very supportive of Brandy’s decision, and she said her entire family is excited to start a new chapter in the area.
Wilcher was interested in this position because she has been in the Principal Pipeline program which helps educators prepare for leadership roles. She joined Leadership McMinnville and became co-chair of the program in 2017, and she became the chair of Warren County Youth Leadership in 2018. There she worked with high school juniors to organize the Kids FunFest and Safety Day.
The skills she learned in the leadership program helped her achieve the goal of principal. She accepted more leadership responsibilities when she became math interventionist.
“My principal, Kim Cantrell, encouraged me to take more leadership roles,” Wilcher said, “She saw more in me than I did myself.” She credits Cantrell for pushing her to strive for new academic and professional goals.
Wilcher will assume the role this summer, and previous principal Rachael Graves has been helping her through the transition.
“I am nervous of the unknown of changing from math interventionist to principal,” she added, “but I’m excited to see how we can move the school academically.”