Middlesboro Independent Schools recently selected Waylon Allen as the district’s new assistant superintendent. Allen brings with him 23 years of educational experience. He will continue his current duties of director of pupil personnel and director of transportation but hopes to have a more integral role in the day-to-day activities of the district.
“I hope to support the efforts of the district by recruiting and retaining effective personnel, support efforts to research innovative ideas and resources, promote leadership capabilities, and encourage and support parental involvement efforts and strategies at the school and district level,” said Allen.
After beginning his career in 1994 with Harlan County Schools as a teacher, coach and administrator, Allen joined the Middlesboro Independent Schools in 2005 as assistant principal at Middlesboro High School. He later moved to the district office, where he is beginning his eighth year.
Following the earning of his Bachelor of Science degree in middle school education and master’s degree from Union College, Allen expanded his education by earning a rank I in education leadership from Union and certifications for director of pupil personnel and school superintendent from the University of the Cumberlands.
Serving in education does not come without challenges, said Allen. “The critical task at hand in Kentucky (and across the country) is to ‘recruit, train, reward and retain’ highly qualified educators. Instilling in people the capacity to improve educational outcomes is a continuous process,” he said. “It’s important to inspire educators to believe in their talents and skills. Having effective and caring teachers in our classrooms is essential for student success. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the children and educators of our community.”