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Shannon Cates
Shannon Cates, new Clarkson Elementary principalA familiar face has taken the helm of Clarkson Elementary. Shannon Cates, was recently selected to lead the school.

Cates a 21-year Grayson County Schools veteran, has been with Clarkson for the past 16 years. She has served in the key position of Curriculum Coordinator for the last six years, and was part of the team that led the school to a first-time “Distinguished” ranking according to state accountability measures.

Cates says she has received tremendous support since her selection. With leadership experience under the past three Clarkson principals and a vibrant school culture, she looks for an easy transition. “We are on a good path and I want to keep us on that path,” she said.

She’s extremely proud of her staff and the commitment they bring to their roles and students, crediting the integral role they have played in the school’s successes. “They want to bring the best of themselves to kids.” Cates’ primary focus will be on providing teacher support and instructional leadership.

Cates is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with majors in Elementary Education and Exceptional Childhood Education. She holds a Masters in Elementary Education, with certification in Gifted and Talented Education. She earned National Board Certification in 2009, and received her principal certification in 2016 through the Leading to Learn aspiring principals collaboration between WKU and Green River Region Education Cooperative.
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