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An update on new leaders and new roles for 2022-23

Posted Date: 05/12/2022

New faces and roles

We have some new faces, and some familiar faces in new roles for the 2022-23 school year, to announce!

Monday night, the Andover Board of Education approved hiring Amy Petricek as the new principal at Robert Martin Elementary School. She has served for four years as principal at Plattsmouth Elementary in Plattsmouth, Neb., a suburb of Omaha. She previously served as assistant principal in Millard Public Schools and Elkhorn Public Schools. She taught second and third grade for 10 years prior to moving into administration.

Ms. Petricek will replace Traci Holder, who will move into a new role as director of instruction and intervention for the district. In that role, Mrs. Holder will coordinate the district’s intervention programs; ensure cohesive curriculum and instructional practices; guide professional learning; assist with the  school improvement and redesign process; and other instructional coordination roles.

Also Monday night, the Board approved hiring Shawn Springer as the new principal at Prairie Creek Elementary School. Mr. Springer has spent the past 21 years as an administrator in Wichita Public Schools. He previously taught first and second grades.

Mr. Springer will replace Shelley Jonas, who will become assistant special education director for Butler County Special Education Interlocal. She will continue to work with Andover schools in her new role.

Finally, Andover Middle School will have two new assistant principals next year. Doug Jefferson will be assistant principal/athletic director, replacing the retiring Brent Jones. Mr. Jefferson taught social studies at Augusta High School from 1998-2020. He has spent the past two years as assistant principal/athletic director at Rose Hill Middle School.

Azure Henwood will fill a new second assistant principal role that was added due to growth at AMS. Mrs. Henwood started her career teaching elementary classes in Wichita and Derby. In 2020, she moved to the middle school level and taught sixth grade at Haysville West Middle School.

We congratulate all of these outstanding educators in their new roles, and look forward to working with them!

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