Monroe Central found a new elementary principal right from its own ranks.
The school’s Board of Trustees last week named Ross Braun, a 2008 MCHS graduate with an elementary education degree from Ball State University, as its new leader of K-6 students and staff.
Braun replaces Julie Northcutt, who last week accepted an administrative position at Randolph Central School Corp. Braun has been the assistant principal at MC for the past two years.
“We’re excited to see his leadership. We feel he will be an outstanding principal for years to come,” Monroe Central Supt. Adrian Moulton said of Braun’s promotion. “He is the right person for the job.”
Moulton said Braun was an appealing candidate not only because of his passion for education, but also because he can help to maintain continuity to a school building that has been lauded for providing a positive learning environnment for the students.
“It feels good to have the confidence of the community and school officials,” said Braun. “Julie has been a great mentor for me and has laid the groundwork for a culture that is flourishing. Our staff is remarkable – we have a great mix of new teachers and veteran teachers. I’m very excited to get back open and see the kids and all of the staff.”
Braun officially begins his new post on July 1 and faces the unprecedented challenges posed by a worldwide virus that has crippled the educational system’s ability to bring students onto the building grounds.
“I never turned away from a challenge before,” he said. “I feel we need to keep a positive outlook and understand that our new normal, whatever that ends up being, will not be the same. One of the things I believe is important for educators is to build relationships based on trust, and if you can do that, the sky is the limit. It just takes one teacher to change a student’s life, and I’ve always tried to be that teacher for them.”
Prior to his assistant principal duties, Braun was a fifth and sixth grade social studies teachers and has been active in Monroe Central’s athletic programs. He is married to wife Mackenzi Braun and the couple has two daughters, Francis, 5, and Evelyn, 3.