By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District tabbed Parkway Elementary Principal Anna Guntharp as its director of federal programs.
Guntharp will begin her new job on July 1, following the retirement of Dale Warriner. She was approved by the district’s school board on Tuesday night.
“I’ve always been interested in federal programs because of the supplies it provides for students, especially students with special needs,” she said. “I’m also interested in the role it plays in our pre-K program. I’m very passionate about early interventions for students.”
Guntharp’s move means Tupelo currently has two vacant elementary school principal positions for next year. Thomas Street Principal Kay Collins is retiring at the end of the school year. The district will begin searching immediately for Guntharp’s replacement and will combine both searches.
“The last two years at Parkway have been some of the most rewarding of my career as an educator,” she said. “It is a fantastic school community, and I can’t say enough about the staff.”
She has been in the Tupelo school district for three years, with two years at Parkway and one year as principal at Rankin Elementary. Prior to that she spent four years as principal at South Pontotoc Elementary, a pre-K through fifth-grade school.
Guntharp has been an educator for 13 years, including six years teaching reading at North Pontotoc.
“Mrs. Guntharp will indeed be an asset to the district and will play a vital role given her strong foundation in how federal programs function at pre-K through second-grade levels,” said TPSD Superintendent Gearl Loden.
As federal programs director, she will oversee the district’s initiatives funded by federal dollars, including its Early Childhood Education Center.