ANDERSON — The Anderson Community Schools board of trustees this week named a Michigan City educator to lead Anderson High School.
In a letter to the Anderson community, Alexander J. Brandon said he appreciates the opportunity to join ACS, and will continue to build a “culture of excellence,” here.
“I will use my varied experiences, knowledge and faith in the staff and students to put Anderson High School eye-to-eye with the other schools that are deemed high quality,” Brandon said.
“The consistent atmosphere that was created last year will be not only maintained, but cultivated,” he added. Rigor, relevance, and relationships are incredibly important to me and building community partnerships are essential to this process.”
Brandon is currently principal of Joy Elementary School, which he attended as a child. Before that he was interim principal and assistant principal at New Prairie High School in New Carlisle. He also spent 12 years teaching and served as a baseball, football, basketball and track coach.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University and a master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana Wesleyan University, where he also earned his principal’s license.
Brandon is currently working on a doctorate degree in education administration at Indiana State University.
In other administrative changes, Matthew Goen, currently a dean at Anderson High School, was named principal of Anderson Elementary School. He replaces Corye Franklin, who resigned at the end of this school year.
Goen is an Anderson native who graduated from the high school in 2002. He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Franklin College and a master’s degree in school administration from Anderson University.
Superintendent Terry Thompson, who worked closely with Goen last year, said: “Mr. Goen is an excellent role model and communicator and will serve the Anderson community and Anderson Elementary with dignity and great determination for success.”
Julie Morse, currently assistant principal at AHS, was named director of District 26 Career and Technical Education Campus.
Leah Maxey was appointed assistant principal for sixth grade at Highland Middle School.
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