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Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary will have a new leader when students return to school in August.
Heather Clay, who has served as CMZ principal for the past six years, has taken the position of director of student instructional services at the Grant County Schools board office.
In her new position, Clay will also serves as director of preschool and director of special education.
Clay said she wanted to make the move to have the chance to make a positive impact on students’ education for the entire district.
“I have had the pleasure to lead a group of teachers who exhibit their passion for teaching and student learning everyday,” she said. “I have seen them grow from the lowest performing school within the district to the highest performing within our district and some surrounding counties. This success is from the teamwork and goal setting between the students, parents, and staff. While I am excited to start this new chapter in my educational career, I will miss being at CMZ everyday.”
Taking over for Clay will be a familiar face for students and staff as Nancy Livingood has been selected as the new principal.
Livingood has worked at CMZ for 25 years, including 19 as a teacher and the last six years as curriculum specialist.
“I am very excited about this new challenge,” she said. “I was honored that the Site-Base-Council felt that I was the best candidate for the position. Their trust and faith in my ability to lead CMZ forward is not something I will take lightly.”
With her experience in the building, Livingood said she believes her transition to principal will go smoothly as she attempts to fill Clay’s “big shoes.”
“CMZ is home,” Livingood said. “For 25 years, I have walked through these doors. This is where I belong. We have the best staff, the greatest students and fantastic parents and I can’t wait to continue working with all of them. My number one goal as principal is continue to build on the academic successes Mrs. Clay has lead us to during the past six years and to ensure that each student that enters our classrooms feels loved, cared for and valued.”
Having worked side-by-side Livingood for the past six years, Clay said she has no doubt she will be be a great leader for CMZ.
“She is very knowledgeable in curriculum and instructional strategies,” Clay said. “However, her strengths are far more than content. Since she has been at CMZ for the past 25 years, she knows the community, students and staff. She deeply cares about all stakeholders. She is always willing to get in the trenches and work with everyone to help educate students. I think with her leading CMZ, the school will continue to grow as a top performing school within the state.”