Meet the principals of two new Lexington elementary schools

The principals of Lexington’s two elementary schools, which will open in August 2016, attended Thursday’s Fayette County school board meeting.

Shamiah Ford, 38, the principal of the Georgetown Road school with the proposed name Coventry Oak, grew up near Lexington’s Georgetown Road.

She started her career as a teacher in Jefferson County before moving back to Fayette County. She taught at Northern Elementary and Deep Springs Elementary, where she attended school as a child.

She was the administrative dean at Ashland Elementary for the last eight years.

“My goal is to bring lots of educational opportunities to the kids in the area,” she said. “It’s a huge passion for me to now be serving this area and try to give back to the community where I grew up as a child.”

Sarah Woodford, 37, principal of the school on Passage Mound Way with the proposed name Garrett Morgan, grew up in Mount Sterling.

She taught at Lexington’s Northern Elementary before going back to Montgomery County, where she was an elementary teacher, an instructional specialist, and a principal at both an intermediate school and an elementary school.

“When this opportunity came available to get to open a new elementary school in a district of this caliber, I jumped on it,” Woodford said. “I want this to be a school that is innovative, that offers the best programming and opportunities and instruction that our district and the state has to offer.”

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears