The new Straub Elementary School principal for the 2018-19 school year will be Todd Watts.
Watts currently serves as Fleming County High School assistant principal. His first day as Straub Elementary principal will be July 1.
Watts is replacing Robert Moore, who was recently named director of pupil personnel for the Mason County School District.
“I can’t even say how excited I was when I found out last week,” Watts said. “I’m so thankful to Mr. Ross and the site-based council for giving me this opportunity.”
Watts said he has known he wanted to be an educator since he was in high school.
“I found my calling in the Boy Scouts of America,” he said. “When I was in high school and college, I worked with the Tiger Club age group and received some teaching experience from there. That’s kind of where my love for teaching came from.”
According to Watts, he graduated from Rowan County High School in 2004. From there, he received his bachelor’s degree in English secondary education and his master’s degree in school administration.
“My first interview for a teaching job was in Mason County,” Watts said.
He began teaching English, honors English, advanced placement English and speech and drama at Mason County High School in 2009. He remained at the school until 2015, when he became the assistant principal at Fleming County High School.
Watts said he is looking forward to beginning his time at Straub Elementary School.
“I can’t wait to meet the staff and get to know what they need,” he said. “That’s my first goal. At Straub Elementary, we are the front porch of the school district. I want every parent/guardian who comes into the school to know their child is receiving a quality education. High achievement at that age will give them a foundation for success.”