Purdy elementary school announces new principal
Former AmeriCorps reading coach Julie Dalton returns as administrator
Julie Dalton has accepted the position of principal for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade at the Purdy School District for the 2017-2018 school year.
She succeeds Janet McCormick, who has stepped down, due to health reasons, after 12 years of service.
According to Superintendent Steven Chancellor, Dalton is a familiar face to many in Purdy, having served as an AmeriCorps reading coach and assistant volleyball coach for the district from August 2007 to May 2009.
“My experience as a reading coach helped shape my future as a teacher and administrator by allowing me the opportunity to help and support students with varying academic abilities,” Dalton said. “One of my fondest memories during that time period was when a first grader who struggled in reading reached her reading goal. She cried tears of happiness and could not wait to tell her teacher and mom.
“The greatest joy in in life is being able to encourage a child to be the best he or she can be, regardless of academic ability. All students can learn. They just need someone who is passionate about teaching, encourages personal goal setting and celebrates success.”
Dalton began her teaching career at the Monett school district in August 2009, where she served as a first-grade teacher at Monett Elementary, a position she held for four years. In 2013, Dalton transitioned into special education, where she taught reading, writing and social skills to first and second graders and co-taught first grade.
Dalton accepted the position of instructional coach and interventionist for English language learners at Central Park Elementary in Monett in 2015. That position, Dalton said, provided her the opportunity to enhance her leadership role within the district.”
Dalton and her husband of 18 years, Mike, live in Monett. The Daltons have two daughters. Shaylin, 17, will graduate a year early from Monett and plans to attend Drury University in the fall. Kelsey, 14, is a freshman at Monett High School, where she broke three high school track records and is ranked third in the State of Missouri and first in the area in the 100-meter run.
“We are very proud of our daughters’ achievements and look forward to many more accomplishments to come,” Dalton said.
Dalton said she is overjoyed with the opportunity to rejoin the Purdy family
“I look forward to building lasting relationships and positively impacting the students, faculty and Purdy community,” she said. “As Pre-K to 6th grade principal, I plan to continue supporting the direction Purdy is moving.”
According to Chancellor, Dalton’s return trip to the Eagles’ nest exemplifies the opportunities to shape the future that employment with the school district affords.
“From reading coach to administrator, Julie has come full circle,” Chancellor said. “Her return to Purdy as principal of the building where her passion for educating students was born is the ultimate example of what it means to be a Purdy Eagle.”
A reception was held for Dalton with Purdy faculty on Tuesday.