The new administrator for the Bullitt Alternative Center, Riverview Opportunity Center and Spring Meadows Children’s Home is Danny Clemens.
He succeeds Shannon Hall who will work as Assistant Principal at LaRue County Middle School in Hodgenville which is much closer to his home.
Clemens returns to the district after several years working in Jefferson County Public Schools.
“I want to come back home and finish my career in Bullitt County,” he said. “I really missed working with and making an impact in my own community.”
Clemens looks forward to the challenges of his first role as principal of not only one facility but three.
“I love all the different blended roles as an Administrator with this position,” he noted. “I’ll get to work directly with College and Career Readiness, develop rigorous instruction and practice, and to foster the socio-emotional needs of students.”
Clemens’ educational career commenced as a teacher at North Hardin High School in 1999 before moving to Bullitt East High School in 2000 where he invested 12 years (six as a teacher and six as an assistant principal).
For the past eight school years, he worked at the elementary, middle and high school levels in JCPS, the last five as a counselor.
“I have been training the past 22 years for this position!” he smiled. “I’m most proud of my relationships and rapport with teachers, students, and families that I have developed during that time.”
His short and long term goals include:
“High expectations - To create a safe, responsible, and respectful environment for ALL students and staff.
- Community Involvement - To collaborate with the school community to enhance the overall learning of students.
- Professional Growth/Communication/Input - To grow teachers as leaders and to improve professional climate and culture.
- Culture of Learning - Continuous improvement to all academic systems of support.” he explained.
Clemens feels the biggest issues facing education today are to reequip and retool schools to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of 21st Century learners.
“Student needs and backgrounds are a little different than they were 20 years ago,” he said. “I want to make sure that they have a system of support in place to ensure that they are successful.”
For those considering the field, he offers the following advice:
“Be passionate and energetic in the classroom, love kids, and be patient with growth. Sometimes it takes many years to see the fruits of your labor, but when you do it's very rewarding!” he affirmed.
Clemens earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Morehead State followed by a Master of Arts in School Counseling and a Rank 1 in School Administration from Western Kentucky University.
He and his wife, Robyn, (Art Teacher at Lebanon Junction Elementary School), are blessed with a loving family including Lauren Alsip, School Psychologist for Hardin County Public Schools, Caleb Coomer who works at the Office of Navy Intelligence, Gracie Clemens, a Senior at Bullitt East and Ellie Clemens a Sophomore at Bullitt East
In his spare time, Clemens enjoys riding his jet ski, planning road trips, camping, and attending Church of the Crossroads.