Principal: Christopher Barnett
Montgomery County Schools is pleased to announce that Mr. Christopher Barnett has been selected as the new principal of Mount Sterling Elementary. “I am very excited for Mr. Barnett to move into this new role and am confident he will build upon the strengths of MSE,” stated Dr. Matt Thompson, Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools. “He is an outstanding leader and will be a strong and dynamic principal at MSE. He is inherently driven to ensure all students are successful.” Mr. Barnett joined Montgomery County Schools in 2016. For the past two years, he has served as assistant principal at Camargo Elementary. He previously served for two years as an English Learners teacher and as a part of his responsibilities in that position, served as a Spanish translator. Prior to coming to the district, he worked at Bate Middle School in Danville for five years where he taught various subjects including Spanish, Computer Applications, and World Cultures. During that time, he served on both the district and middle school Innovation Teams and the district Program Review Committee. He has also taught in Scott County and at an elementary school in Mexico. Mr. Barnett is a graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and English as a Second Language and his M.A. in K-12 Education. He also obtained his Rank 1 in Principal Licensure with Supervisor of Instruction and Director of Pupil Personnel certifications. In commenting on his selection as the new principal, Mr. Barnett shared, “I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve the community here at MSE. I am excited to lead and work with the staff, students, families and the entire MSE community to continue to enhance the culture of excellence that has been established.” Taking the place of Mrs. Holley, who is moving to McNabb Middle School, Mr. Barnett plans to continue to provide a welcoming and outgoing atmosphere at MSE, with high expectations for not just learning, but also for maintaining a safe and respectful environment for everybody.
Assistant Principal: Stacey Burns
Ms. Burns brings 18 years in the field of education to MSE, with her most recent experience as interim assistant principal for McNabb Middle School. Prior to coming to Montgomery County, she served as special educator at Piner Elementary in northern Kentucky. She began her career as a teacher and worked her way into administration in student services and then served as assistant principal at Gateway Intermediate Charter School in Florida.
Throughout her time in education, Ms. Burns has also held numerous roles in leadership including serving as Building Assessment Coordinator, PBIS Coach, and 504 Coordinator. She brings to MSE extensive knowledge in elementary instruction, special education practices, staff evaluation and coaching, as well as a strong working knowledge of managing grounds and facilities.
Ms. Burns received her Bachelor’s degree from Hodges University and she obtained her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Barry University.
When asked about her greatest passion, Ms. Burns stated that “doing what is best for kids and working to meet all their needs” is what drives her in her work daily. She has a “ whatever it takes” attitude to getting the job done. She is excited to get to know the students, staff, and community and is ready to hit the ground running and serve here at MSE.