On Monday, June 16, the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education approved Andrew “Andy” Turner as assistant principal at Sedalia Middle School. Turner replaces Brendan Eisenmenger, who recently was named principal of Heber Hunt Elementary School after the retirement of Principal Bill Betteridge.
Turner has served as junior high principal and activities director for the Tipton School District since 2012. He had been hired earlier this year by Sedalia 200 as a business teacher for Smith-Cotton High School, but the opening at the middle school provided an opportunity to take advantage of his administrative experience. In 2005-06, Turner taught in the Cooper County R-IV District in Bunceton, then he taught for six years in the Jefferson City Public School District (2006-2012).
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business education (2004) from Northwest Missouri State University, and a master’s degree (2008) in school administration from William Woods University. In 2013, he earned his specialist degree in school administration from William Woods.
Turner’s wife, Teri, has been part of the Sedalia 200 district the past six years; she is the speech and theater teacher at Smith-Cotton High School. They have three children: Jack, 6; Annabella, 4; and Reagen, 2.
“I have always been impressed with the district itself,” Andy Turner said. “I have been around the students and I like the district’s emphasis on student success, whether that is through professional development or the way the district spends funds in the classroom.”
SMS Principal Sara Pannier said: “We had an excellent slate of candidates to choose from, but Andy Turner had the upper hand with two years of experience in a principal role. Mr. Turner will transition nicely from his previous junior high setting to the middle school. He is full of energy, sees value in building rapport with the students and staff, and his discipline philosophy parallels our School-wide Positive Behavior Support program.”
Turner visited with Pannier and a couple of SMS teachers during a PBS conference last week at Lake Ozark.
“They were very hospitable and outgoing – their enthusiasm reflects on the school,” he said. “I am happy to join their team.” Photo courtesy Sedalia School District 200.