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Lawrence school district names next principal of Deerfield Elementary School

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The Lawrence school district on Friday announced Summer Moeckel as Deerfield Elementary School’s next principal.

Pending the school board’s approval, Moeckel will begin in the position on July 1, according to a district news release. She’ll be transitioning from her current role as a curriculum and instructional coach at New York Elementary and New York Montessori schools.

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“I feel deeply honored and humbled to serve as Deerfield’s next school leader. In meeting with staff, families, and community members, it is evident that all stakeholders work diligently together to achieve academic and social/emotional excellence for every learner,” Moeckel said in the release. “It is the privilege of a lifetime to be a small part of a collective effort to ensure that every student succeeds always, in all ways. Together, we will continue to inspire growth, foster self-worth, and prepare our scholars for an impactful future of lifelong learning.”

Moeckel will succeed Principal Joni Appleman, who is set to retire in June. Appleman has served as Deerfield’s principal for 18 years and was an administrator in the district for 24 years total.

Moeckel is in her second year as a curriculum and instructional coach at New York. Previously, she taught fourth grade students for one year at Broken Arrow Elementary School. 

Prior to joining the Lawrence school district, Moeckel was a second, third and fourth grade teacher for 16 years in Madison, Victoria, and Osawatomie, Kansas, according to the release. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fort Hays State University.

“I appreciate Mrs. Moeckel’s strong knowledge of and commitment to our district and her obvious passion and enthusiasm for this opportunity at Deerfield,” Superintendent Anthony Lewis said in the release. “She is highly respected as a skilled leader and problem-solver among our curriculum and instruction coaching team. Summer’s elementary teaching experience and excellent communication and relationship-building skills contribute to making her a great fit as Deerfield’s next principal.”

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