After more than two years as principal at Centertown Elementary, Autumn Turner will be officially leaving that position at the end of this month.
Turner was recently promoted to the central office as the school system’s new director of teaching and learning for pre-K through 6th grades.
“I really enjoyed my time at Centertown,” said Turner. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to be there with staff and students. From the moment I walked into the school, I felt welcome. I’m going to miss it.”
Pam Cowan has been named the new principal at Centertown. She was selected from a field of 16 applicants, nine of which were interviewed.
Turner began her teaching career in 2002, with much of that time in the Warren County School System at WCMS. She took the reins as principal of Centertown in February 2010 with the retirement of Janie Moore.
Turner will have a much more influential role that impacts most of the school system with her new job.
“I will coordinate all the instructional programs, which is a short and simple explanation for what I will be doing,” said Turner.
Turner will be working with all K-6 teachers and principals to help raise test scores. Also, she will be working on grants for the pre-K program.
While Turner has the lower grades, former Warren County Middle School principal Betty Wood is the director of teaching and learning for grades 7-12.
Turner and Wood are part of a restructuring effort by incoming Director of Schools Bobby Cox to raise test scores throughout the system in an effort to get all schools testing at, or above, the state level in four years.
“My goal is to move our school system in a positive direction,” said Turner. “I believe Mrs. Wood and I can work together with the various teachers and principals to improve our test scores. With our scores already steadily improving, there is no reason why we can’t reach the four-year goal.”
Turner has already begun training for her new administrative position. Her official first day will be July 1.