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Former SCES teacher returns as principal

Former SCES teacher returns as principal
Former SCES teacher returns as principal
Michael Rhoads, who taught fifth and sixth grades at South Central Elementary School, returns as the school’s principal. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Michael Rhoads has spent the entirety of his career in education with the South Harrison Community School Corp., and this year he is leading the South Central Elementary School team as its newly-appointed principal.

He accepted this position after former principal Sharon Mathes retired at the end of the 2020-21 school year, but his career with SCES started even earlier than last month. Rhoads, who graduated from Corydon Central High School in 2002, began at SCES as a sixth-grade teacher in 2007. During a nine-year period at SCES, he taught both fifth and sixth grades.

After that time, Rhoads moved into an instruction coach position working for the school district for two years. When the assistant principal position at South Central Junior-Senior High School became available, he knew that returning to the South Central area was what he ultimately wanted.

“I served as the assistant principal for three years, and now I am back where I started,” Rhoads said. “I was drawn to this position because I wanted to continue to serve on the S.C. campus. I was very blessed with the opportunity to start my career here as a teacher. And from the time I started working towards administration, I have always hoped for the opportunity to serve back at SCES.”

A goal of Rhoads this year as principal is to become an active part of the South Central community and to meet as many of the families as possible. He also noted he hopes to form strong relationships with his staff so that the entire SCES team feels like one strong, cohesive unit.

“My plan for doing this is to talk to the students and our families,” Rhoads said. “I try to be as present as possible out in the building so I can see and get to know our students in academic and social situations. I also love to see great teachers with kids, and that is something I am blessed to get to do when I walk around the building and visit our classrooms.”

Rhoads is excited for his wife, Stephanie, and children, Olivia, 6, and Owen, 5, to be a part of the South Central community as well.

“We have so many amazing students, teachers and families at SCES that I want to make sure everyone involved is afforded every opportunity to push forward toward their path to continued growth,” he said.