By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – Mooreville Elementary’s new principal is someone with a vast amount of experience at the kindergarten to fifth-grade school.
Joanna Peugh, who has spent the last six years as an assistant principal at the school, was named its principal Thursday morning. Former Principal Jimmy Weeks was promoted to assistant superintendent.
“Of course I’m excited, but mostly I’m just so proud to be in a district that can recognize the people in the district and promote from within because they have trained us well,” Peugh said.
Peugh has spent her entire 17-year education career in the Lee County School District. Prior to her time at 700-student Mooreville Elementary, she spent one year as assistant principal at Plantersville.
During 10 years in the classroom, she taught first, third and fourth grade at Shannon and Saltillo elementary schools.
Peugh said that she has appreciated the support of the Mooreville community over the years.
“Mooreville is a great place to work anyway,” she said. “Because of the outpouring of support I have received over the years, I’m even more excited about this position.”
Superintendent Mike Sctt said the school will benefit from the continuity.
“She is already part of that school community that is there,” Scott said. “The last couple of years, we’ve had a lot of success at Mooreville Elementary School.
“She was right there working hand in hand with Mr. Weeks and those teachers. We believe that Joanna has the abilities to move that school to the next level.”
Peugh’s husband, Stephen Peugh, is the principal at Shannon High School, and she said he will be a great resource for her. She’s also learned from working with Weeks over the last six years.
“Academically our school is great,” Peugh said. “It doesn’t mean the expectations won’t be high for us, but we will continue what we started.
“There won’t be any big earth-shattering changes. We will keep doing what we’ve always done, keeping children first and academic excellence as our goal.”
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.