On Monday, March 24, the Sedalia School District Board of Education approved the hiring of Joseph Doyle as assistant principal for Smith-Cotton High School for the 2014-15 school year. Doyle will replace Ted Suhr, who is moving back into the classroom as an art teacher at Smith-Cotton Junior High.

Doyle, a 2003 Smith-Cotton graduate, holds bachelor’s (2008) and master’s (2011) degrees in education from Missouri State University in Springfield. He has worked in Springfield Public Schools since 2009 as an eighth grade science and social studies teacher and track coach. He also has handled administrative duties, serving as principal of Cherokee, Carver and Pipkin middle schools’ summer school programs.

S-C High Principal Wade Norton said: “Smith-Cotton is excited to have Joe's energy and enthusiasm. We know he will connect with students and help our educators continue to grow in their fields of study.”

Doyle is looking forward to returning to his hometown.

“It’s a privilege to return to the Sedalia community and have the opportunity to make a positive impact on Smith-Cotton High School and the Sedalia 200 district,” he said. “I look forward to working closely with Mr. Norton, Mrs. (Robin) Wyatte, and the entire Smith-Cotton staff towards improving student achievement.  Sedalia is where I grew up, where I went to school and graduated from, and it’s exciting to come home.”

Doyle’s first day in the Sedalia district will be July 1.

This press release was provided be Bob Satnan, Communications Coordinator for Sedalia School District 200.