Ann Louise Hance was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek at Maryville Elementary School while serving as the Summer LEAP Coordinator.
“It was wonderful getting to know the students, families, and staff during these months,” she said. “It quickly became apparent the role that community played at this school.”
Hance is now a permanent part of the Maryville family as the new principal. She succeeds Ruth Esterle who became the new district Director of Pupil Personnel.
Hance has departed her Instructional Coach duties at Shepherdsville Elementary School to lead Maryville and is excited for the opportunity.
“I am thrilled and honored to begin my journey at Maryville Elementary!” she exclaimed. “It is exciting to think about all of the new relationships I will form as we take Maryville to new heights!”
Although she was not looking to leave her current position, the timing was just right.
“Strong relationships stand at the foundation of a successful school and I could not pass up the opportunity to build upon this. It is exciting to think about all of the great things we will do together at Maryville Elementary!” she said.
Her short term goals include building relationships with the students, staff, and families at Maryville Elementary.
“Strong relationships and trust will be at the foundation of everything we do,” she affirmed. “We will continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment where all students will experience success and continue to grow.”
In the distant future, Hance said she is excited to build on current community relationships to provide the most supportive environment for Maryville’s students.
“Inviting families and businesses into Maryville will play an integral role in strengthening our school community,” Hance said. “We will continue to build on the current instructional program to engage all students in learning. We will use data to determine what supports need to be in place, so that all students are learning at high levels.”
Hance worked at Painted Stone Elementary in Shelbyville, KY, teaching second, third and fifth grades before becoming IC at SES. She feels teaching a variety of grades has allowed her to form strong relationships with students of all ages and from many backgrounds.
“It has also grown my knowledge around curriculum ensuring that students receive strong instruction in all areas,” she noted. “My Instructional Coach position opened my eyes to the ‘big picture’ allowing me to see all the systems and structures in place that allows a school to run smoothly. We have spent a lot of time collaborating with teachers and staff to analyze data and create action plans so that students can reach their full potential.”
Hance earned a Bachelor of Art with education certification in elementary education from the University of Kentucky; a Masters of Arts with education certification from Bellarmine University and a Rank I: Instructional Leadership- School Principal Program, from Spalding University
In her spare time, Hance likes being with friends and family who have supported her through this journey. She enjoys an active lifestyle, spending a lot of time at the gym or with her bulldog, Elvis.