Congratulations to longtime assistant principal Joretha Lockhart who was announced to the LES faculty this morning as the next principal of Lakeland Elementary School. She will officially take over the role in July and will serve as the first principal of the school under the banner of the new Lakeland School System. Current principal Marcia Crouch, who is retiring at the end of the school year, will work closely with Ms. Lockhart to ensure a smooth transition.
Ms. Lockhart has served LES as assistant principal since the school opened 13 years ago. Prior to that she was a classroom teacher at Southwind Elementary School. Ms. Lockhart received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Union University. She also went on to earn her Education Specialist degree from Union. Her husband is a principal in the Shelby County Schools system, and they have two sons.
The LES faculty erupted into applause and cheers at the announcement by LSS superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell this morning, and gave Ms. Lockhart a standing ovation. Ms. Lockhart says, “I will work to make sure every student, parent, teacher, staff member, and community member feels important and involved in the place I call home, Lakeland Elementary School.”