The new principal of Cordley School is a nationally recognized educator who has been in the Lawrence school district for 20 years.
Tom Christie, a Deerfield School teacher who has garnered both state and national recognition for his teaching efforts, has been named the new principal of Cordley School.
District administrators recommended Christie for the post, and the Lawrence school board approved the recommendation Monday. Christie will fill a vacancy left by Janet Broers, who has been named principal of the new Sunflower School that will open in August.
Administrators haven't said exactly when Christie would assume the Cordley position.
In 1992, Christie received a $25,000 national educator award from the Milken Family Foundation. Christie, who teaches science to fifth- and sixth-graders, was one of four Kansas teachers who received the award.
Also in 1992, Christie received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. In 1990, he was one of seven educators named a Kansas Master Teacher.
"Everybody is excited," Lawrence School Supt. Al Azinger said of Christie's new role in the district. "He's obviously an outstanding educator. His past accomplishments speak for themselves.
"We're pleased that he's willing to take on even greater challenges as he enters into the administrative realm."
This school year, Christie has divided his time between Deerfield and Quail Run School. He has served as administrative assistant at Quail Run because of the school's enormous enrollment.
"I've really enjoyed working at Quail Run this year, and I've learned a lot from (Quail Run Principal) Linda Herbel," Christie said. "I really look forward to working with the parents and staff at Cordley to enhance the already excellent educational programs that are there."
Christie started at Deerfield in 1974. He quit teaching in 1977 to become a career education coordinator for the district, but he returned to Deerfield in 1980 and has been there ever since.
Christie, 42, has earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in education, all from Kansas University.
Azinger said 65 people applied for the Cordley post. Administrators interviewed the five candidates they felt were most qualified. Three of the five finalists were from outside the school district.