For Pineville native Russell Thompson, this school year will be different than many he has experienced in the past.
Thompson took the Pineville Independent assistant principal position in late July and looks forward to the new opportunities it will bring him.
“There’s a lot of information I’m trying to take in in a short amount of time to be best prepared for this school year, but it’s exciting and challenging,” said Thompson.
In just his few short weeks working at Pineville, Thompson has attended Kentucky Association of School Administrators and Professional Growth and Effectiveness System training. These courses will give him additional information for interacting with teachers and students at this new position.
Thompson received a business degree from Lincoln Memorial University and worked as an accountant. He switched careers to follow in his family’s footsteps after he was asked to coach Pineville’s girls basketball team a few years ago.
He eventually went back to school to get his master’s degree which would allow him to work in school administration for kindergarten through grade 12.
“The opportunity of being an assistant principal is something I’ve always been interested in and this is a really talented group of people to be working with who have their heart in the right place,” said Thompson.
After coaching at Pineville, Thompson transferred to Middlesboro to teach math and serve as head coach for Middlesboro football and basketball. Thompson will now be the assistant athletic director for Pineville.
“Middlesboro was a great experience for me and I’m a better, stronger person for having been there. The experiences I gained while there prepared me for this position and there were a lot of great people,” said Thompson.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.