Lawrence school district names new Woodlawn principal, West Middle School assistant principal

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The Lawrence school district on Monday announced Brandon Daley as the next principal of Woodlawn Elementary School, and Mike Lewis as new assistant principal and athletic director for West Middle School.

Daley is currently an instructional coach and academic interventionist at Woodlawn. He was previously a classroom teacher for seven years at Woodlawn and coached soccer for 10 years at Lawrence High School, according to a news release from the district.

“Woodlawn has been my home for almost a decade, so I know how special it is to steer this ship,” Daley said in the release. “I was lucky enough to learn from the incredible leadership of both Jayci Roberson and Jeanne Fridell, so I’m excited to build upon the legacy of my principal predecessors and lead Woodlawn into the next 100 years.”

Lewis is in his 25th year teaching physical education and coaching track and field at Southwest Middle School, according to the release. He served as head coach of the Lawrence High School basketball team for 14 seasons. He has also provided support in administrative positions and as a mentor teacher, student teacher supervisor and more, according to the release.

“I am thankful for the experiences I have had as a teacher and coach in the Lawrence Public Schools, including the good fortune of surrounding myself with many outstanding people during my time at Southwest and Lawrence High,” Lewis said in the release. “I know that the West school community will also be a special place to invest time and build positive relationships with students, staff, and families. It is an honor to have this exciting opportunity to work alongside Principal Kady Carson and to help build on the many successes of West Middle School.”

Daley takes over the position following Jayci Roberson’s move to a central office administrative role. Lewis was selected by Kady Carson, who will take on the role of WMS principal on July 1.

Both positions are effective July 1, pending approval of the Lawrence school board.

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