Lambertus tapped as NHMS principal
A former Kentucky educator has been selected as the next principal at North Harrison Middle School.
Karen Lambertus was unanimously approved Monday night during a special meeting of the five-member school board for North Harrison Community School Corp.
Lambertus succeeds Jon Howerton, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Howerton’s first year at the North Harrison school system was the 1970-71 school year. He has spent the last 32 years as principal at NHMS.
‘We look forward to having Mrs. Lambertus with us,’ said Supt. Monty Schneider. ‘She has some big shoes to fill.’
Lambertus, 51, is a native of Louisville. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1977 and master’s in mathematics in 1984, both at the University of Louisville. She completed her administrative certification, also at U of L, in 1999. And, in 2004, she earned a superintendency certification and instructional supervision certification at Eastern Kentucky University.
‘I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in the community, the parents and the staff,’ Lambertus said yesterday morning. ‘I want to get to know everybody and see what’s in place.’
She knows she’ll need to be ready for ISTEP testing once school starts in August, as the statewide test for certain grade levels is conducted in September.
Her official first day on the job is two weeks prior to the start of the 2007-08 school year, but Lambertus said she will be spending time at the middle school prior to that, working with Howerton before his official retirement.
Lambertus is a former teacher who also worked three years as a highly skilled educator with the Kentucky Dept. of Education. As an educational consultant, Lambertus was assigned to Portland Elementary and Central High schools in the Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools.
‘My responsibilities included working with the principals and the instructional leadership teams to help the schools achieve academic improvement,’ she said.
With that assignment complete in June 2006, Lambertus decided to not seek further employment. Instead, she opted to volunteer at St. John’s Lutheran School south of Lanesville, where her son, Zachary, is currently in the sixth grade.
Lambertus and her husband, Mark, also have two grown daughters, Andrea and Melissa. The family lives west of Lanesville but have a Corydon address.
‘I’m very excited’ about being hired as the new principal, Lambertus said, adding that she ‘loves’ middle school grades.
In fact, ‘I love all grades,’ she said. ‘There are challenges at every grade level.’
When she’s not working, Lambertus enjoys working in her flower gardens, traveling and attending sporting events such as baseball, basketball and football. She has volunteered with the American Red Cross, Lanesville Heritage Committee, Girl Scouts and Brownies, 4-H and Optimist Club.
In other matters Monday night, the school trustees:
* Approved the appointments of Meghan Churchill Crosier as an elementary teacher, on a temporary contract, through May 24; Evalina Pinnick as co-head cheerleader coach at NHHS; Patricia Capeheart as a teacher at Morgan Elementary; and Angelica DeGarsse as a Spanish teacher at NHHS.
* Accepted Anna Snider’s resignation as the seventh grade girls basketball coach.
* Gave Assistant Supt. Ken Oppel permission to advertise for contracted bus routes. The 19 privately contracted routes conclude at the end of this school year. Oppel said he has been looking at ways to improve the present route structure and will advertise for bids once the routes are finalized.
* Approved a submitted list of recommended textbooks as well as authorized administrators to seek waivers as required.