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: Tonya Roach
Mrs. Roach began her career as a mathematics teacher and worked her way into administration as an Instructional Coach and District Assessment Coordinator with Montgomery County Schools.
Mrs. Roach earned her Bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University and her Master’s in Teacher as Leader from the University of the Cumberlands. Mrs. Roach also obtained her Rank 1 in Principal Licensure with Supervisor of Instruction and Director of Pupil Personnel certifications as well as an Educational Specialist Degree at Asbury University.
When asked about her feelings in coming to serve MSE as our AP, Mrs. Roach stated, “I am elated to have the opportunity to become part of the MSE family. I’m excited to get to know the students, staff and community. I know what a special place MSE is and I feel very honored to become part of the staff here”.