Brooks named to lead Shannon Primary School

SHANNNON – Add Shannon Primary to the list of Lee County Schools that will have a new principal for the upcoming school year.
Shelly Brooks, who has been assistant principal at Plantersville for the past three years, has been named named the school’s new principal.
She replaces Candace Moore, who will become special education director and federal programs director for the Amory School District.
Brooks’ appointment and Moore’s resignation from the district were approved at Tuesday night’s regular Lee County School Board meeting.
“I have such strong ties to Plantersville, the faculty, the staff, the students and the administration,” said Brooks, who also has been Plantersville’s curriculum coordinator.
“I’m sad to be leaving there, but this is just an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. It is a completely different grade level, but I am looking forward to the challenge and the responsibility.”
Brooks will be one of six Lee County principals in new positions this school year. Three of those principals are in Shannon schools, including the middle school’s Keith Steele and the high school’s Robert Smith.
Brooks has 171⁄2 years in education, including 161⁄2 in Lee County Schools. She served as a teacher at Guntown, Verona, Mooreville and Saltillo Elementary before becoming an administrator at Plantersville, a fifth- to eighth-grade school.
Moore was Lee County’s Administrator of the Year in 2010. She had been principal at the K-2 school for the last two years and has also been a principal at Saltillo Elementary and an assistant principal at Plantersville, Saltillo Elementary and Saltillo Primary.
“What I will miss the most about Shannon are definitely the people,” Moore said. “What I’ll miss the most about being a school-level administrator is being with the children every day.”
But, she added, “I’m excited to be trying something new.”

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