Sievers: Leaving West is bittersweet, but opportunity is great
Three-year West Elementary School Principal Becky Siever wants it shouted from the rooftops that she has left her position to go to the Lebanon Special School District on "nothing best the best of terms."
Prior to her principalship at West, Siever was assistant principal four years there. The will replace longtime LSSD Byars Dowdy principal Lorie Blackburn.
Siever said her contract with Wilson County Schools is over June 12 and her new principal contract with Lebanon Special School starts July 13.
"It was just an absolutely great opportunity," Siever said. "It's bittersweet. I've been interviewing for about two to three months and I've always heard wonderful things about Byars Dowdy."
She said she told Wilson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Wright she will "always be devoted to Wilson County and be an advocate."
Married 23 years with two sons, Siever said in her tenure at West she was able to see the school grow from 300 to 680 students.
"The families there were a joy," she said. "They and faculty were shocked when I told them I was leaving, but this is the absolute best for my professional life."
She said some of the highlights at West include the new addition and some sad transitions that include the death of a beloved teacher and a student.
"Truly, this is all positive," she said. "I'll just be up the road 10 minutes. Everyone is so kind. They want me to be happy."
"I want to bring the same," she said. "I want to help continue the academic excellence and support the faculty and students."
The Lebanon Special School District announced Monday Siever had been appointed as principal of Byars Dowdy.
"(Siever) has served as an educator in both Wilson and White counties and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the district," according to a statement from LSSD. "Mrs. Siever has a proven track record as an instructional leader and comes highly recommended to the Lebanon Special School District.
She also currently serves as District 1 Wilson County Commissioner. Siever has been married for 23 years to her husband, Philip, and has two sons, Drew and David.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lincoln University and her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.
"I know Mrs. Siever will be a great addition to our strong group of administrators, and we are excited to have someone with her background and strong community relationships join our district," said Director of Schools Scott Benson.
Siever will be replacing Blackburn who will be retiring at the end of this school year after 31 years of service to the field of education.
Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.