Principal at Daniel Morgan leaving for special ed post

Posted: December 11, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Daniel Morgan Middle School will be getting a new leader come January.

Principal Sarah Kish announced Tuesday that she will become the city school division’s director of special education and related services effective Jan. 6.

“Mrs. Kish is an excellent choice for (Susan Groom’s) successor as she has extensive experience with Winchester Public Schools, our students, our parents, and she has a true passion for education and our mission of ‘Learning for All, Whatever it Takes,’” Superintendent Rick Leonard said in a Tuesday press release.

“Her depth of skills including instructional strategies, leadership, communication, and peer coaching will serve her well in this position.”

Kish is a graduate of the 2012-13 Virginia Department of Education’s Aspiring Director of Special Education program.

Assistant Principal Lisa Cobb, who has been at the middle school for 11 years, will serve as interim principal for the remainder of the school year.

The position of director of special education became available after Groom announced her retirement in October. Groom, who will leave her post Jan. 2, served with the division for 28 years.

Kish came to the division in 2000 as assistant principal at Daniel Morgan, where she has been serving as principal since 2007.

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