Teutopolis Grade School has a new principal for welcoming students to classes next school year.

Sherry Harmon, the principal at Brownstown Elementary School, was hired last week by the Unit 50 School Board to head TGS. Harmon will be taking over for Angela Sheehan, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

“Sherry brings years of experience in education with her to the position. We welcome her,” said Teutopolis schools superintendent Deb Philpot.

The new principal will be working with recently hired Unit 50 Superintendent Matt Sturgeon, who will take over the position this July. Philpot accepted the superintendent job last summer on an interim basis after Bill Fritcher was hired as superintendent for Neoga schools. Philpot’s tenure was extended last fall by the Teutopolis Board with the district completing final plans on its building project.

Harmon is excited about coming back to Teutopolis where she worked at the start of her career.

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen for this position. I started my education career at Teutopolis, and I am so excited to be part of this amazing team again! I look forward to working with school staff, students, families, other building principals, Mr. Sturgeon, the Board of Education, and a wonderful community to contribute to the high expectations T-town is known for throughout the years,” Harmon stated. “I am appreciative of my past career opportunities, most recently as the principal at Brownstown Elementary, which have helped prepare me for this fantastic opportunity. I am very excited to build new relationships with all stakeholders and rekindle past relationships in the Teutopolis Community.”

The school district is fortunate to employ two administrators with valuable experience in education. Sturgeon has been principal at St. Anthony Grade School for four years and worked in the Salem community as an administrator for several years. He also gained experience in teaching and coaching early in his career.

Of course, the new administrators are facing trying times with schools across the state closed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Time will tell when that situation changes.