McDermott at helm as CES principal
A familiar face has returned to South Harrison schools.
Lauren McDermott has come back to head Corydon Elementary School from Rykers Ridge Elementary School in Madison, replacing Tamela Brewer as principal. Brewer is transferring as principal to New Middletown Elementary School, succeeding Wayne Apple, who is now principal at Crawford County Junior-Senior High School.
McDermott taught for seven years at South Central Elementary School, including kindergarten, first, second, fifth and sixth grades.
McDermott said, ‘South Harrison, in general, is probably five-to-eight-years ahead of Madison in every regard. Madison is making strides, but they are just not where South Harrison is.
‘There are very few places in the state that are as progressive as South Harrison has been,’ she said.
McDermott has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree with administrative license from Indiana University. She also has a kindergarten and visual arts endorsement.
While at SCES, McDermott was a CLASS coach, she worked on the Professional Development Committee at South Harrison, and was a member of the school corporation’s Center for Leadership and School Reform guiding coalition.
The guiding coalition began the process of ensuring the school district adhered to CLSR guidelines. CLSR’s main thrust is active engagement of students and improving the assignments given students so that quality assignments result in quality work.
Working with the State Dept. of Education’s Technology Cadre and under the direction of South Harrison’s technology director, Linda Burnham, McDermott helped train other educators in how to integrate technology into their classroom practices.
She has also been a state presenter in technology and curriculum while employed by the Indiana Dept. of Education.
At Madison, McDermott wrote and received one of the 12 Reading First Grants awarded in Indiana this year.
The grant funds professional development, books and testing materials to support its emphasis on literacy and reading on grade level by the time students leave the third grade. Only methods supported by scientific research may be funded by the grant.
As for the future of CES, ‘At the end of last year they really started focusing on teamwork and highlighting their collaboration,’ McDermott said.
‘It’s really based on research coming out that the more teachers collaborate, the more time they spend talking about student achievement, the higher the student achievement.’
McDermott and her husband Jeff will have been married for 27 years next month. She has a daughter, Sarah, 22, who is an assistant manager at Hyatt Regency in Louisville, and two sons, Zack, 17, and Garrett, 10.