Hammond chosen as next LES principal
When it came time to find a new principal for Lanesville Elementary School to succeed the retiring Marsha Himmelhaver, the Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees didn’t have to look very far.
The school board approved Lisa Hammond, who has served at Lanesville for 26 years, as the new LES principal effective for the start of the 2015-16 school year.
Himmelhaver is retiring after about 42 years at Lanesville schools.
Hammond started her LCSC career in August 1988 as a sixth-grade teacher. She also taught third grade (1989-93), fifth grade (1993-95), fourth grade (1995-97) and second grade (1997-2013) and, since 2013, has been intersession coordinator and programs coordinator.
Hammond received her principal licensure program certification from Indiana Wesleyan University in April, which goes along with a Master of Education degree she earned from the university in August 1998 and a B.S. in elementary education from Indiana University Southeast in May 1986. Hammond also served as an intern under Himmelhaver last year.
‘Our five finalists ‘ all excellent candidates ‘ were interviewed by the full board on April 30, and Lisa was hired at a special board meeting (May 6),’ Lanesville Supt. Steve Morris said.
The search process started in early April in which a search committee that included Morris, three parents and three elementary teachers interviewed 12 candidates from the original pool of applicants. The search committee selected five to interview with the school board.
‘I am proud to be part of the Lanesville community and am deeply devoted to making Lanesville Elementary the best school,’ Hammond said in a letter of interest to the board. ‘I believe all students deserve a learning environment in which they can show growth and become the best they can be. I am committed to continue the proud tradition of excellence we have always strived for and to actively support our staff in their journey to a professional learning community that always emphasizes student achievement.’