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August 8, 2013

New Principal Kenya Fuemmeler Preps for 2013-14 School Year

by Hannah Kiddoo

One month into her start at Scotland County R-I High School, principal Kenya Fuemmeler says she is ready for students to arrive for class. Fuemmeler believes her years of teaching will be an asset to the school, citing her time as an instructor with both the Teach for America program and Moberly High School.

"My background as a leader has really prepared me to see kind of the whole umbrella and I want to be an advocate, not only for kids, but also for teachers," said Fuemmeler. "My job really is to make this whole building work the most effectively we can for teachers and students."

Fuemmeler says her first priority in her new role was evaluating the school's strengths and weaknesses. High standardized testing scores were noted as strong points.

"We saw lots of really positive growth this year in some of our major core subjects. We were well above the state average, so we're very encouraged by that," said Fuemmeler.

The school will also continue to operate under the Professional Learning Community model, a method that emphasizes collaborative learning efforts.

Fuemmeler would like to improve ACT scores, along with college and career readiness opportunities. She has also adopted a new attendance policy.

"[The policy will be] a little bit more fair towards all students and reflect our mission to help all kids, and be the best for every kid who walks through our doors," said Fuemmeler.

Fuemmeler, originally from Salisbury, MO, says that the Memphis community has made her feel very welcome since her arrival.

"Every interaction so far has been really positive," said Fuemmeler. "People seem genuinely excited about what's going on in the school and ways to help our kids."

And she's hoping the community will continue being involved with the process.

"We welcome as much community involvement and parent involvement as humanly possible," said Fuemmeler. "We're excited to get the school year off, and off to a great start."

Fuemmeler has been hired to lead the faculty through 2015.

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