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A Jefferson County Schools bus rolls down Duke Street Friday afternoon, capping the second week of the 2022-23 school year for Jefferson County students. Tabitha Johnston

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Students at Shepherdstown Elementary School have started their fall semester under new leadership, following the Jefferson County School Board’s unanimous decision to hire Scott Campbell as the school’s new principal during of its regular bi-monthly meeting on August 8.

With Jefferson County Schools faculty returning Aug. 15 and students Aug. 22, the choice was made just in time for the 2022-23 school year.

“We take a lot of time and care in selecting school principals,” said JCS Superintendent Bondy Shay Gibson at the meeting. “We have been very blessed this time in the selection of a new principal for Shepherdstown Elementary for my recommendation to you.”

According to Jefferson County Schools Public Information Officer Hans Fogle, Campbell came to Shepherdstown Elementary Schools with experience as an education leader, as well as a solid background. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from West Virginia University, a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Shepherd University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wheeling Jesuit University. He then worked in the public school system in various positions, including as a middle school physical education and health teacher and as a secondary school vice-principal.

Campbell came to the school directly from Musselman High School, where he had served as vice principal since January 2020. In this position, Campbell “managed disciplinary and attendance, observed and evaluated CTE/science, fine arts, served as teacher recruitment coordinator, and liaised with Juvenile Drug Court and Youth Court”, said Fogle.

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Prior to this role, Campbell taught health and physical education at Spring Mills Middle School from 2009 to 2013.

“One of the big things we love is having someone who is local here. Mr Campbell grew up here in Shepherdstown,” said Gibson. “[He is] someone who is local, [and] someone who has taken the time to train. He spent 10 years putting those degrees to good use as a teacher for our young people. He’s spent the last two years as an assistant manager and learning the trade, so I feel very lucky to have him here.

For Campbell, her new position is “an excellent opportunity.”

“I am delighted to start there! The teachers, the staff there – I know I’m walking in a good situation, [because] I did my research.” Campbell said at the meeting. “Shepherdstown is an excellent school. It’s going to be a good fit, I think. I know many of these families in Shepherdstown, and I’m excited to get to know them better and work with them more.

“My mission at Shepherdstown is, obviously, to give students the best possible education and to guide teachers and staff to do that, and to make it a place where they want to be,” Campbell said. “I want children to like school, that’s the most important thing!”

As well as growing up in Shepherdstown, Campbell also met his wife, Julia, here. Campbell and his wife, a teacher at Martinsburg South Middle School, currently live in Martinsburg with their three children: Kathleen, a kindergarten student at Rosemont Elementary School, Olivia, a sixth-grade student at South Middle School, and Lachlan, a student eighth grader from South Middle School.

“I can’t wait to start my new role as Headmaster at Shepherdstown Primary School! I have many fond memories of living and working in Shepherdstown,” Campbell said. “Now to have the opportunity to return to such a kind, welcoming and creative community is truly exciting. I look forward to working with teachers, staff, parents, guardians and community members to engage our students to reach their maximum potential.


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