Pembroke Hill Middle School principal joining SM East administration for 2016-17 school year

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Pembroke Hill Middle School principal joining SM East administration for 2016-17 school year

The Shawnee Mission Board of Education on Monday approved the hiring of Susan Leonard as an associate principal at SM East for the 2016-17 school year.

Susan Leonard. Photo by Bruce Mathews.
Susan Leonard. Photo by Bruce Mathews.

Leonard has been the principal of the Pembroke Hill Middle School since 2009. Prior to that she was a teacher and then assistant principal in the North Kansas City School District.

A New Jersey native, Leonard took her BS in education from the University of Kansas before getting a master’s in educational administration from the University of Missouri — Kansas City. She received a PhD in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from KU in 2007. Leonard, who resides in Fairway, won the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s ATHENA award for young leadership in 2013.

Leonard’s hiring represents the second addition to SM East’s administrative staff for the coming school year. The Shawnee Mission School Board in March approved the hiring of Debbie Katzfey, the long-time athletic director at Lee’s Summit West, to become SM East’s new AD. Current associate principals Britt Haney and Jeff Storey will return to their roles next year to complete the administration team.