On Monday, March 24, the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education approved the hiring of Brett Hieronymus as assistant principal at Smith-Cotton Junior High for the 2014-15 school year. He replaces Jennifer Holland, who is leaving the district to become lead curriculum developer and professional development consultant for the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.
Hieronymus holds a bachelor’s degree in education (1998) from Central Missouri State University, now the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, as well as master’s and specialist’s degrees in educational leadership (2009, 2011) from William Woods University in Fulton.
He started his career as a social studies teacher at Smith-Cotton High School from 1999 to 2001 before moving on to the same role at Knob Noster High School. In 2006 he became principal of Northwest High School in Hughesville, then took on an assistant principal role at Knob Noster High from 2008-2011. Hieronymus was principal of Knob Noster Middle School from 2011 to 2013; he left to help lead a youth sports venture in Arizona.
But now, Hieronymus is ready to return to his roots.
“I cannot tell you how excited we are to be coming home,” he said. Living in Arizona “has been a fantastic experience, but it is not a place we want to raise our children. … We are ready and excited to come home and give back to the community that has been so good to us and our family.”
Smith-Cotton Junior High Principal Jason Curry said: “Mr. Hieronymus brings seven years of administrative experience with him that will help to ease his transition here at Smith-Cotton Junior High. He is an S-C grad, so I know the passion to serve the district and school are already in place. I look forward to welcoming him to the team, and I know that he possesses the skills necessary to make a positive influence here.”
Hieronymus is looking forward to joining Curry and fellow assistant principal Kendra Barton at the junior high.
“The opportunity to work with the fine administration team in Sedalia is exciting, and more notably getting work with Mr. Curry and Ms. Barton with this particular age group will be an incredible experience,” he said. “I have kept close tabs on what has been happening back home and the district is doing a lot of great things. I feel I can bring some experience and energy to an already stellar cast of educators and administrators at SCJH.”