The author Thomas Wolfe once wrote, “You can’t go home again.” Dr. Kristee Lorenz would disagree.
Lorenz is returning home to the Kaysinger Conference in July when she will begin her job as the Superintendent of Schools for the Henry County R-I School District in Windsor.
“I’m excited to start a new chapter,” Lorenz told the Democrat on Thursday morning. “I have a lot left in me as an educator and I am looking forward to serving the students and patrons of Windsor.”
Lorenz has spent 28 years as an educator, most recently as superintendent of Knob Noster.
In December, under the terms of a separation agreement with the Knob Noster School District, Lorenz resigned from her position at the school but remains under contract with the district until June 30.
“I graduated from Northwest High School in Hughesville and spent the first two years of my teaching career at Sacred Heart and La Monte,” Lorenz said. “They are all Kaysinger Conference schools so I am excited to go back to serve in the conference.”
After teaching in La Monte, Lorenz accepted a position as a teacher and counselor in Knob Noster for 12 years before accepting a job as an administrator in the Sedalia School District 200.
“I worked in Sedalia for seven years before I went back to Knob Noster, serving as assistant superintendent there for two years and superintendent for another two,” Lorenz said. “Windsor is very similar to Knob Noster in the makeup of its population because it is a rural community that has strong ties to Whiteman Air Force Base and the military.”
The Henry R-I District has an approximate enrollment of 700 students and serves four counties: Pettis, Johnson, Benton and Henry.
Lorenz said she had received numerous job offers but wanted to stay in the West Central area.
“We had contracted with the Missouri School Board Association in our search for a superintendent,” Steve Eggers, board president of the district said. “We chose to interview five of the candidates from the 19 recommendations they had.
“Dr. Lorenz separated herself from the other four candidates we chose to interview by consensus,” Eggers added. “The board feels her strengths are in her work with curriculum and in student achievement.”
Lorenz sees the district in a transformational time, especially in terms of its technological needs.
“The district has worked to get the infrastructure in place for the future needs of the information age,” Lorenz said. “One of the first things we will develop is a district-wide technology plan to help meet the diverse learner needs of our students.
“We will also focus to improve the rigor and relevance of our instructional process,” Lorenz added. “It is important that as we grow as a district, we need to challenge ourselves to grow as individuals as well.”
Lorenz commented that throughout her career she felt fortunate to work in communities that care about education and that continues at Windsor.
“I’m both thankful and thrilled for the opportunity that I have been given by the community of Windsor and the school district,” Lorenz said. “I felt that I was waiting for God to place me where I was meant to be because it is in His hands.
“I will work with the belief I have always held that all students deserve excellence and equity in their education as we prepare them for college and career readiness.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.