The new principal at Lebanon Junction Elementary School is a familiar face to Bullitt County.
Daniel Mullins worked as a teacher at Brooks and Overdale Elementary Schools before landing an administrative role in Hardin County.
“I wanted to return to Bullitt County so that I could feel part of the community where I live but, honestly, I was shocked when offered the Lebanon Junction principals position,” he said. “I knew that a school like LJ would have quite a few applicants eager to join their team, so I knew there would be plenty of competition.”
Mullins said from the moment he walked in the door, “I had a sense of comfort and welcome unlike anywhere else. I felt confident, but I also wanted the Council to choose the best person for their students - even if that decision was not in my favor. I do not know a ton about LJ, but I am passionate about students learning. I am thrilled to accept the position, but I do not believe it has yet sunk in.”
His goals include continuing the academic success and focus Lebanon Junction staff have in place and continue their tradition of being student centered and data driven.
“I hope to continue to build on LJ’s goals, building relationships with families and staff alike,” he said.
Mullins is thankful to have a few years invested in leading a school as he transitions back to Bullitt County.
“Every school offers new opportunities for growth based on their student population and needs and the processes they have in place,” he said. “I experienced so much growth in my last position because I moved directly from the classroom into an administrative role. Many processes had to be refined to create systems that were successful throughout the school. With those skills under my belt, I look forward to taking on new challenges and refining my skills in a new location. Bullitt County is known for being driven by data and I am excited to join them.”
Mullins earned his Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Administration from Spalding University. He obtained a Rank 1 degree through National Board Certification.
While at Brooks, Mullins was named District Elementary School Teacher of the Year and was one of 24 Kentucky educators to earn an Ashland Teacher Achievement Award.
He and his wife, Carrie, have two children. Alyssa is 11 and Levi is 8. In his free time, he likes to run, loves to read, especially James Patterson’s crime novels, play board games with his family and travel.