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Assistant Principals Selected for HHS and HMS


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The Fort Thomas Independent Schools announced today that Jennifer Forgy has been selected as the assistant principal at Highlands High School.  Since 2008, Forgy has served as the associate principal at Woodford County High School in Versailles, Kentucky.  From 1999-2007, Forgy taught English and Fine Arts at Lexington Catholic and Dunbar High Schools, and also worked as a Curriculum and Instruction Dean at the middle school level.  During her career in education, Forgy earned one of the Commonwealth’s highest honors for her instruction as a Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year.

“What really stood out throughout the process was Jennifer’s ability to put students at the forefront of every decision she makes, and to do so with great empathy,” said John Darnell, who took over as Highlands High School principal on July 1st.  “We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer to Fort Thomas and believe that her skills and leadership will be a perfect fit as we lead Highlands High School into the future.”

Forgy replaces Jeff Schneider, who will be moving next door to Highlands Middle School to serve as assistant principal alongside newly-selected principal Erika Volpenhein.  Schneider worked for nine years at Highlands High School, eight of which were as assistant principal and one as the interim principal, during the 2017-2018 school year.  Schneider is a former Assistant Principal of the Year honoree in Kentucky.

“Jeff is an experienced leader in education who devotes his day to students, to building relationships with them, and also to providing support and resources for the great teachers we have in our buildings,” said Volpenhein.  “We have a shared philosophy and one that will lead to many successes to celebrate at Highlands Middle School.”

Superintendent Brian Robinson said he would like to thank the committees involved for the great work they did in selecting Ms. Forgy and Mr. Schneider from a stellar pool of candidates.

“I want our families to enjoy the remaining weeks of summer.  But at the same time, I am just so excited to get started with the 2021-2022 school year in Fort Thomas,” said Robinson.  “Our leadership team is in place, we have a student-focused vision, and I expect great things to come, both in and out of the classroom.”

School begins for students on August 18, 2021.

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