King named principal at St. Joseph School
Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
The new principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Corydon said she felt called to accept the position.
Brittany King started her career at St. Joseph in 2012 as the fourth-grade classroom teacher. The following year the school departmentalized and King became the math teacher for students in grades 4 through 6. She also taught religion.
“I stayed at St. Joe because I felt it was my calling; it’s like my family,” she said. “It’s like coming home every day.”
King succeeds Julie Crone, who retired in December at the end of the first semester. As Crone drew closer to retirement, King began to assume some administrative duties, assisting Crone with day-to-day responsibilities and playing a larger role in planning for the future.
“I’ve always felt a connection with our kids, our families and our mission,” she said, noting the faith-based educational model is one for which she is grateful.
“At St. Joe, we have the faith aspect. We start and end each day with prayer,” King said. “We not only educate academically, but also spiritually.”
While the student population is largely Catholic, there are other faiths represented and the school is open to all.
“A faith-based education also gives students a good moral background, hopefully creating good citizens,” she said.
Today’s youth face an increasingly complex world filled with challenges, said King.
“Having spirituality as a part of yourself that you’re comfortable with is vital,” she said. “That will take you through tough times and good times.”
King is a Harrison County native and graduate of Cory-
don Central High School. She earned her elementary education degree from Indiana University Southeast in 2009 and later received her master’s degree in building level administration from Western Governor’s University. In 2014, she was selected Educator of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County. She currently lives in New Albany with her husband, Christopher. They have two sons; Eli is 6 and a kindergarten student at St. Joseph, and Noah is 8 months old.
King said her overall goal has not changed as she’s stepped into a new role.
“I want every student to succeed and reach their full potential,” she said.
Something new she’s introducing this semester is a focus on mindfulness.
“We’re looking at mindfulness through a spiritual approach,” King said. “Mindfulness gives them something to focus on and teaches them to slow down.”
That’s especially important in today’s fast-paced, technologically-based society, she said.
“It’s really important to cultivate mindfulness each day,” King said.
Not only has this approach been shown to positively affect test scores, it also impacts mental health, she noted.
Long-term, King said she would love to see St. Joseph expand to once again offer classes for seventh and eighth graders.
St. Joseph Catholic School offers classes for students in pre-K through sixth grade and has a current enrollment of 104.