The Newton Parrish Elementary Site-Based Decision-Making Council voted Tuesday evening to name Alicia Storm the school’s next principal. She will replace longtime principal Steve Bratcher who was named the district’s Chief Academic Officer last month.
Storm has served Wayland Elementary School in Ohio County, Kentucky for the past 14 years, the last 10 as head principal. She was the assistant principal of the school for four years prior to becoming principal. However, Storm is no stranger to Owensboro Public Schools as she began her career as a Spanish teacher at Owensboro Middle and Owensboro High Schools following her college graduation.
“I have always wanted to come back to the OPS family,” said Storm. “Many years ago, I had the opportunity to explore leadership opportunities in another district, but have always wanted to come back to the tradition of the OPS family.”
Storm earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Teaching from the University of Southern Indiana and her Masters in Education Administration and Rank I from Western Kentucky University. She also spent time studying abroad at Universidad Madero in Mexico.
“Newton Parrish has a history of being a successful school,” said Storm. “I look forward to partnering with the community and building new relationships to continue that success in the future.”
Having experience as an elementary principal for several years is something that OPS Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Constant, thinks will make the transition back to OPS smooth for Storm.
“We are happy to welcome Alicia back home to OPS,” said Constant. “I am excited to see her passion for the individual student. Her personal mission fits so nicely with what Newton Parrish was looking for and what the entire district seeks as well.”
Storm will officially take over the role of principal at Newton Parrish on July 1, 2020.