Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis has named Mary Ashby as the interim principal at the Wilson County Adult High School.
The former principal, Pat Suddarth, was recently named interim principal at Wilson Central High School.For the past 33 years, Ashby has served as an educator at Lebanon High School.
Ashby graduated from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville in June 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education K-12 /Elementary Education 1-9. She and her husband, Jim, moved to Lebanon, and in August 1978, she began her educational career as a Special Education Teacher at Lebanon High. She served as a Special Education teacher and chairman of the department for five years.
In 1985, she earned her Masters in Education Administration/Supervision K-12. For the next 13 years, she worked with the at-risk youth at Lebanon High.After this program was phased out, she workedwith specific students in a pull-out program for two years targeting at-risk students.
Her next teaching assignment was teaching ninth grade English.A new program, the Freshman Academy, was launched and Ashby was recruited to serve as the lead English teacher for the next three years. She taught regular English for the next several years, and served as the English department chair.
For the past 18 months, Ashby has served as the Graduation Coach at Lebanon High. During this time, she has worked with students who are at-risk of not graduating on time.She has worked closely with the Adult High School to ensure that students who may not graduate at LHS on time will complete their studies and graduate on time at the AHS witha regular high school diploma.
In 1990-91, Ashby was selected as Special Needs State Vocational Teacher of the Year. In 2010, she was selected as the Lebanon High School Teacher of the Year. And on April 16, 2010, Ashby was chosen as the Wilson County Teacher of the Year.
The Ashbys have resided in Lebanon for 33 years. They have two grown sons, Justin and Ryan, both LHS graduates.