The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education named Andy Turner as the new assistant principal at Sedalia Middle School during closed session on Monday, and he’ll start working July 1.
Turner will be replacing Brendan Eisenmenger, who recently was named principal of Heber Hunt Elementary after the retirement of Principal Bill Betteridge. Turner comes to SMS with some administrative experience, as he spent the last two years serving as the junior high principal and activities director in the Tipton School District.
“I’m currently at the seventh and eighth grade level, but I had a lot of interaction with the middle school. Tipton is a small district where the schools all are very connected,” Turner said. “…It won’t be completely out of the norm for me, I had been around that age level kids. I wasn’t hesitant for that particular move. And to be an administrator in Sedalia, it’s a leaning opportunity for me. Working with a great administration team was a big plus for me.”
He started his career in teaching math and business for grades seventh through 12th in the Cooper County R-IV District in Bunceton from 2005-06. He then taught business for grades 10th through 12th in the Jefferson City Public School District.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business education from Northwest Missouri State University, and a master’s degree in school administration from William Woods University. In 2013, he earned his specialist degree in school administration from William Woods.
“My goals as I go into the first year is to work with Ms. (Sara) Pannier to make sure I’m doing everything I can to ensure we have a successful school year, working together as a team,” Turner said. “I want to sit down whenever we get a chance, getting to know a better understanding of what our goals will be.”
Turner is already somewhat familiar with the Sedalia School District — his wife, Teri, is the speech and theater teacher at Smith-Cotton High School.
“My wife is already a teacher up there, she’s been in the district for I believe six years, so I’ve been there, up seeing her shows, so Sedalia as a district I had a lot of respect for,” Turner said. “I’ve enjoyed listening to my wife, I had interest in some of the initiatives they’re doing. I’ve wanted to move that way for our family to be involved in the community. It’s a little difficult when I work in Tipton.
“It’ll be nice to work in the same district as my wife, to get that continuity. We look forward to getting involved in community we live and work in. It was a family decision, a family move.”
Turner hasn’t had the opportunity to spend much time with the SMS staff yet, but he did get to meet Principal Sara Pannier and a few staff members at a recent conference at Lake Ozark, and he had nothing but good things to say about his first encounter.
“They’re outstanding, very hospitable, welcoming, enthusiastic,” Turner said. “I’m very excited to really get to know the school building and the other staff members. That was a good experience to meet them at a conference rather than during a regular school day or a professional development day. They seem like a very hardworking and enthusiastic group of people.”