New principal heads up school near Plymouth

September 16, 2018 by  

Isbister Elementary School in Plymouth has started the academic year under a new reign.

The new principal, Emily Hawthorne knew that she was following a tough act. Lee Harrison, the previous principal had been in the role for 23 years and was very popular. However, she showed herself to be up to the challenge when school started on September 5, and she and the rest of the staff at the elementary school welcomed students back.

Her new role at Isbister is a homecoming of sorts. Hawthorne graduated from nearby Salem High School in 2004, then earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in K-12 education leadership at Eastern Michigan University. She was previously working in the principal’s office at Graham Elementary School in Wayne-Westland Community school district.

Schools that have a change in leadership can use print shops to let parents and students know who will be stepping into the role of principal.

A resident of downtown Plymouth, Hawthorne saw the opportunity to work in her hometown when Harrison announced that he was retiring. She was chosen from a list of applicants by district officials.

Speaking to the Plymouth Observer, Monica Merritt, the P-CCS Superintendent, said everybody believes Haworth will do a “remarkable job” of being principal, and they are confident that the right leader is in place.