Tharp named Mt. Vernon Middle School principal


On June 9, Brooke Tharp will begin her job as the new principal at Mt. Vernon Middle School. She has served as the assistant principal at Mt. Vernon High School since 2016 and has more than 20 years of classroom teaching experience.

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During her tenure as assistant principal, Tharp was involved in the crisis prevention and safety team and was active in the school’s Professional Learning Communities program. According to a press release from Mt. Vernon Community Schools Corp., Tharp’s interpersonal relationship skills and experience in curriculum development, instructional practice and assessment were integral to her selection as principal.

Tharp served as assistant principal at Mt. Vernon Middle School from 2014 to 2016, where she chaired the committee for the District AdvancED Accreditation process in 2014. In her role as assistant principal, she also developed school improvement plans and school handbooks, among other materials.

Tharp also had been the special education department chair and teacher for 10 years at MVHS, as well as being a special education teacher at Pendleton Heights High School and Mt. Vernon Middle School.

“I have drawn on my education and professional experience to form an educational leadership style built around servant leadership and a collaborative, team approach,” Tharp stated. “I am focused on building and maintaining strong relationships with all stakeholders, working alongside teachers and staff to support a shared vision for high student achievement and growth, and fostering an environment that supports the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of all students. It is my strong belief that leading with this approach creates an environment where all students can learn, progress, and achieve a high level of success.”

Tharp is pursuing a doctorate of education administration at Indiana State University. She also has a Master of Education from Butler University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana University. Tharp also has an Indiana building level administrator’s license and a professional educator’s license.