North Bullitt High School Assistant Principal Joni Britt has been selected as the new leader following the retirement of Chris VerDow.
“I was very shocked when I got the call from the SBDM committee offering me the position,” Britt said. “I never imagined that I would get the opportunity to become a leader this early in my career. It is both a blessing and an honor to be appointed the next principal of North Bullitt High School.”
Britt brings 13 years of experience in education to her new role.
Prior to employment in Bullitt County, she taught Algebra I and II in rural and urban schools in Warren County and Jefferson County.
She has also invested three years in administration seeing how schools function as a whole.
“I feel that my experience as an assistant principal has helped prepare me as much as possible for my job as the head principal of North Bullitt High School,” Britt affirmed.
Her short term goal as principal is to continue building on the positive culture and educational excellence at North Bullitt.
Looking further down the road, Britt wants to ensure, “Every student graduates North Bullitt High School inspired and equipped to excel in whatever they choose to pursue.”
She feels the biggest challenges facing education today include:
Poverty – “Students living at or below poverty tend to have the highest dropout rates,” she noted;
Family factors – “What is going on at home impacts a student’s propensity to learn,” she said;
Technology – “While it is needed to ensure that students and teachers can keep up with the demands of 21st century learning; however, it also negatively impacts learning as it allows another avenue for student to bully and become bullies,” Britt remarked.
Bullying – “This has become a major issue for schools due to the multiple medias in which to bully students,” she said.
Funding – “Budget cuts have created a huge problem for all educational institutions. Less funding impacts staffing, resources, and services for students,” she acknowledged.
After graduating from Warren East High in 1997, Britt went on to play collegiate basketball at Wasbash Valley Junior College and Lindsey Wilson College.
Britt earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lindsey Wilson College followed by a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Campbellsville University.
She achieved an Autism Spectrum Certification as well as a Rank I in education administration from Western Kentucky University.
In her free time, Britt enjoys sporting events, concerts, and spending time with family and friends.