Missoula County Public Schools has named Susan Anderson, a fifth-grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary, as interim principal at the school for the 2013-14 school year.
Anderson has taught in MCPS elementary schools for 33 years, the past 27 at Lewis and Clark. She replaces retiring principal Jack Sturgis.
The district recently completed a search for a new principal at Lewis and Clark, interviewing two final candidates in late May, but the search did not result in a permanent hire for the upcoming school year.
Anderson, who has a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Montana, says Lewis and Clark Elementary is “near and dear” to her heart.
In addition to teaching at the school, Anderson attended grades 1 through 8 at Lewis and Clark as a student.
“Having been entrusted with the care of this building, students and staff for the year, I am thrilled to work for the Lewis and Clark community, enabling a commendable school to move forward implementing the district’s initiatives,” Anderson said.
These initiatives will include the implementation of common core standards and the International Baccalaureate (IB-PYP) Primary Years Programme at the school.
“This summer, we have an exciting training scheduled for the IB-PYP programme. I have already attended a workshop and am excited for the staff to receive this professional development. We will be working very hard to implement two units of inquiry into our curriculum next year at Lewis and Clark as we learn more about the IB-PYP programme,” Anderson said.