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Principal's Message

Joseph Harris
BES Principal

Dr. Joe HarrisDear Botts Elementary Families:

Welcome back to a new school year! I am excited to take the helm of leadership at Botts Elementary and to work with faculty, staff, parents, and the community to provide the best school experience possible for our students. As your new principal, it is my goal to build upon the work of your previous leaders to reach ALL students and help them all prepare for a promising future.

Since I am new to your community, let me share a little information about me. I have two beautiful daughters, Addison who is 11 and Raina who is 7. My childhood years were spent in Inez, KY and I am an alumnus of Sheldon Clark High. My mother was a cafeteria worker in my elementary school and my dad was a disabled carpenter. I attended Morehead State University where I graduated with a degree in Secondary English Education and a minor in science. I pursued a Masters degree in Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD) Education at Georgetown College and came back to Morehead State University where I pursued an Educational Specialist degree and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership. I spent my first few years as an instructional assistant and since then I have served as an English teacher, a special education teacher, for the Kentucky Department of Education, and most recently the assistant principal of Rowan County Middle School. The small community feel of Menifee County drew me here because it feels so much like home. I am blessed to be here this year!

Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Sally Morris and Micah Fruth (5th grade), Brianna Cottrell (4th grade), Leah Cornett and Christina Shoupe (Kindergarten), and Chelsea Howell (Activities). Also, Robin Hatfield will serve as an instructional assistant and Donna Long will serve as a custodian at Botts this year.

While there are some new faces, we are all on board with our mission of “building our team toward success. Success is defined by a positive environment, working together, proficiency, and community involvement.” Our staff is committed to making a positive impact on every child who walks through our door this year.

If you haven’t already, I’d like to invite you to follow us on social media (Facebook) and to join our Remind to receive updates about school events. To join our Remind, text @bottsele to 81010.

Let’s enter this school year with refreshed hearts and minds and commit to making a positive impact on every student who walks through the doors of our school. Together we can do it because…We are Menifee!




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