Wright Elementary gets new principal

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Groves, a 1982 SCHS grad, comes home from Florida

By Todd Martin

Wright Elementary School’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council has named Bethany Groves the new principal for the school, the school district announced.

Groves has five years of experience in administration, most recently in Jacksonville, Fla., at Hickory Creek Elementary.

A 1982 graduate of Shelby County High School, Groves has degrees from Ohio University and Northern Kentucky University and her Phase 1 doctoral work from Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis.

She started her teaching career in Hebron, Ky., at Goodridge Elementary, and later moved to Florida when one of her children decided to attend college there.

“There were a lot of administrative opportunities there that were not available in Indiana where we were at the time,” she said in the release. “So, all my experiences have been wonderful. We just wanted to come home, closer to family.”

That desire led her to look back at Shelby County.

““I am proud to be a Kentuckian and truly believe in my home state and the work under way,” she said.

Superintendent James Neihof said in a release that Groves comes “highly recommended. She has superb experiences and a great vision for excellence coupled with a winsome personality.”

According to the release, Groves has been impressed with the gains made at Wright over the past few years.

“I want to capitalize on that. I have a great heart for kids and want them to overcome any obstacles and to be success-driven,” she said.

Groves is taking over for Lynn Gottbrath, who in March announced her retirement. Gottbrath, who has been in education for 34 years, is moving on to work at Bellarmine University as a supervisor for student teachers.