Christian County Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill announced Wednesday the appointment of Renisha Elam as the principal of Freedom Elementary School.
Elam comes to Freedom from Paducah Middle School where she served as an assistant principal for two years, according to the release. A graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School, Elam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders and multiple masters degrees in special education, reading and writing, and school administration, all from Murray State University.
Elam began her teaching career as a speech pathologist at Ripley Primary School. Upon returning to Kentucky, she provided speech therapy services in Fulton City, Calloway County, Hickman County, Fulton County, Christian County and Easterseals. In 2008, Renisha began educating young minds, at Hopkinsville High School, teaching English and reading, while co-teaching within the English department. She transitioned to Central Office in 2015, where she served as a grant facilitator/intervention consultant.
A native of Paducah, she and her husband, Mancell Elam, have two sons, TJ, Louisville, and Xavier, a fourth-grade student at Millbrooke Elementary School.
“I am grateful to be back in Christian County, working alongside dedicated people who are committed to helping students reach their full potential," Elam said in the release. "I am excited to have the opportunity to lead and serve the wonderful students, faculty/staff and community of Freedom Elementary. I am looking forward to continuing the tradition of creating an educational culture of continuous growth through shared partnerships and responsibilities.”
According to the release, the new principal's educational philosophy is "SIMPLE – students should be allowed to enter into an environment that was created just for them; an environment that fosters an abundance of educational, experiential, and innovational learning. Her purpose and passion lies in being an agent of change in the lives of every student she encounters."