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Former HWES student returns as principal

Former HWES student returns as principal
Former HWES student returns as principal
Elijah Gaddis, a kindergartner at Heth-Washington Elementary School, shows Scott Ferriell, the new principal, his work. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

Scott Ferriell is no stranger to Heth-Washington Elementary School. In fact, he was a student there when he was in the seventh and eighth grades.

Now, Ferriell is the principal at HWES, succeeding Daniel Waynescott who left after one year to take the principal position at North Harrison Middle School.

“It’s great to be here,” Ferriell said.

Although he was born in New Albany, Ferriell grew up in Harrison County. He attended school at South Central Elementary through the sixth grade before going to Heth-Washington. For high school, he attended Corydon Central, graduating in 1994.

After graduation, he spent 11 years working at Ford Motor Co. and then worked as a substitute teacher at South Central through Kelly Services.

“I loved it,” Ferriell said of teaching.

He finished his bachelor’s degree in 2007 at Indiana University Southeast and did his student teaching at Greenville, where he began his teaching career. In 2010, he switched to Highland Hills, where he taught fifth grade. After a few years and a couple of other teaching changes, Ferriell was named assistant principal/athletic director, serving in that capacity for three years before the HWES position opened this summer.

“I left some great folks behind,” Ferriell said, adding he was ready “to come home” since the opportunity had presented itself.

Ferriell was hired 10 days prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year. He said he has been making connections with the students.

“There’s a great sense of pride here,” Ferriell said.

Safety is his ultimate concern.

“Parents are trusting us with their most precious treasure,” Ferriell said. “I want them to get home (from school) just as they sent them here” in the morning.

He said if everyone is safe and kind, the academics will follow. To go along with that thought, Ferriell has four points he stresses: Be respectful, be responsible, be safe and, his newest, be kind.

Ferriell said he has a “connection” to the building and has found everyone to be “so welcoming” all throughout the South Harrison Community School Corp.

“Dr. (Mark) Eastridge has given me everything I need to be successful,” Ferriell said of the school corporation’s superintendent.

In turn, Ferriell said, he wants people to feel welcome at Heth-Washington, that they can approach him.

Ferriell is looking forward to events and programs at HWES, including the annual fall festival, which he said he remembers fondly from his years as a student.

When he’s not working, Ferriell, who is a University of Kentucky fan and loves Marvel movies, enjoys hunting, trapping and spending time with his family.

Ferriell is married to the former Jennifer Crosier. They have an adult daughter, Olivia.