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CES hires former teacher for principal position

Campbellsville Elementary School students will have a new principal next year.


The new principal won’t be a stranger, however, as she has spent the last 28 years teaching at CES.


CES Site-Based Decision Making Council members unanimously agreed on Tuesday, May 26, to hire Doretha Sanders for the top position at the school.


Sanders takes over for Elisha Rhodes, who is now the director of student services at Campbellsville Independent Schools.


Rhodes has worked for CIS since 2004, in various capacities at Campbellsville elementary, middle and high schools.


She served as principal at CES since the 2017-2018 school year.


At the CES SBDM special meeting, CIS Superintendent Kirby Smith recommended that Sanders be hired for the position.


“You’re getting a good one,” he said.


Doretha Sanders


Sanders, who has worked for CES since 1991, retired at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. She was assistant principal then, with Rhodes at the helm.


Throughout her 28-year tenure at CES, Sanders served as an instructional assistant, second-, third- and fourth-grade classroom teacher, Wings Express director and assistant principal.


For the 2019-2020 school year, Sanders worked as a reading interventionist at Campbellsville Middle School.


She graduated from Campbellsville High School in 1981.


Ten years later, she completed a bachelor’s degree in education at Lindsey Wilson College.


In 1999, Sanders earned a Master of Arts degree at Campbellsville University.


And in 2017, Sanders earned a Rank 1 with principalship at Eastern Kentucky University.


Throughout her tenure in education, Sanders has received the Dare to Soar award, Change Award, Excellence in Teaching award from CU and been named a Woman of the Day by the Campbellsville Business and Professional Women’s Club.


Sanders said it has been her goal to serve as principal.


“I’m excited,” she said.


Sanders said she already has ideas for the upcoming school year, along with goals for students and teachers.


One of her top goals is to create an environment of respect and communication, to build trust among all at CES.


“It’s about building relationships,” she said. “It’s not about me, it’s a team.”


Sanders said she wants to see parents involved in their children’s education, and for them to have a say in how their children are educated.


“Their voice counts, too,” she said.


Sanders said she wants to work toward closing achievement gaps at CES, by ensuring all students get the education they need to become life-long learners.


“Everybody counts,” she said.


Sanders is married to Matthew Sanders. They have six children, four of whom graduated from CHS. They include Trenton Young, Gabrielle Sanders, Desmond Sanders and Bryton Taylor.


Sanders’s children Justine Groves graduated from Adair County High School and Caren Stratton from IndyPendence Job Corps. in Indiana.


In her spare time, Sanders enjoys reading and walking.

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