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New HWES principal back where career began

New HWES principal back where career began
New HWES principal back where career began
Heth-Washington Elementary School principal Daniel Waynescott congratulates third graders Hunter Best, left, and Tucker Lopp for being exemplary students. Photo by Kaitlyn Clay
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

“Coming back to where it all began” is the allure that drew Heth-Washington Elementary School’s new principal Daniel Waynescott to applying for, and ultimately accepting, the position.

The former Ramsey resident and graduate of North Harrison High School has lived in Corydon for the past 20 years with his wife, Tabitha, and their two children, Anniston and Landon.

Waynescott began his career in education in 2001 as a teacher at Heth-Washington Elementary. He worked there for five years before transferring to Corydon Intermediate School, where he taught for nine years, followed by a two-year stint at Corydon Central Junior High School.

His career in administration began when he was invited to return to his alma mater, North Harrison High School, where he served as assistant principal for four years and coached numerous sports during his time there, ranging from elementary and junior high school basketball, football and track and field, as well as high school baseball.

But coming back to the place where he began his career was intriguing to Waynescott.

“I had such a positive experience working with such wonderful people while at Heth-Washington,” he said. “The community was also a major reason why I returned.  Central, Mauckport, New Amsterdam and the other outlying areas have a sense of pride and passion about their small elementary school.”

While serving in the leadership role at HWES, he intends to make the goal of reaching the highest academic achievement possible for each student a priority. He also said he wants to make Heth-Washington a place where every single person who walks through the doors feels accepted and supported.

“The three big keys to being successful at Heth-Washington are having high expectations for students academically, having consistent daily attendance and having an open-door policy for parents, students and staff for communication purposes,” Waynescott said.

He is more than excited to be back in the community he began his career with and is excited for what is to come in terms of growth for his staff, students and community.

“I want each student to truly feel safe, supported and successful in the vision of South Harrison Community School Corp.,” he said. “I also want former students of Heth-Washington to feel welcome to return, bringing a positive message to and for our students. I also want each student to believe in themselves and set the bar high for what they can become as an adult.”