LEXINGTON, Ky. — Fayette County Public Schools has named Eric Hale the newest principal of Bryan Station High School in Lexington. He will officially assume his duties in July.
Originally from Ashland, Hale is a first-generation college graduate and a three-time Morehead State University alumnus. He earned a bachelor of arts in elementary education in 2005. He later went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2008 and a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree with an emphasis in instructional leadership in 2010.
Growing up in a single-parent home, Hale said his teachers and guidance counselors provided stability and encouraged him to succeed. He wanted to attend Morehead State because it is “known as a prestigious education university as it pertains to teachers” and wanted to make an impact in the teaching profession.
“I really felt like I would not have made it if I had not had those supports built in and those teachers had not taken an extra interest in me,” he said. “I wanted to give back and the best way I knew how to give back is to serve students and families in the capacity of being an educator.”
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, Hale began working for Fairview Independent Schools in Boyd County, where he worked for 15 years. He started as a fifth-grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School, where he later served as principal. He moved to Fairview High School to initially serve as assistant principal and became principal, a position he held for six years before taking the job at Bryan Station.
“Bryan Station has a very rich culture that I’m excited about — a lot of diversity that I think is awesome,” Hale said. “I’m looking forward to working with the staff and students to build on the progress that’s already been made.”
Hale said as principal he is excited to work in the school’s academy model and wants to prioritize working together with students and staff to establish “a set of shared values and beliefs” to continue progress and equip students with what they need to succeed beyond high school.
“We’re in 2020 and we need to make sure our kids are globally competitive, and we give every kid what they need, and we give every student what they deserve,” he said.
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