Heather Stukey has been selected as the new Windy Hills principal for the 21-22 school year. The selection of Mrs. Stukey is the result of a comprehensive search process that included a broad group of stakeholders, including teachers, support staff, and administrators. Stukey will replace Nathan Lightle, who accepted a position as Superintendent for Pleasanton Public Schools.
"I am excited that Mrs.Stukey will be joining our leadership team," stated Dr. Kent Edwards, Superintendent of Kearney Public Schools. "She has proven skills as an excellent leader with her current school being a National Blue-Ribbon School and Missouri Gold Star School. Mrs. Stukey is an excellent fit for Windy Hills Elementary."
Stukey (pronounced: stew key) is currently the principal of Nashua Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri. Stukey has also been the Assistant Principal for Linden West and Meadowbrook Elementary schools in Gladstone, Missouri. She has also worked as an Instructional Coach and classroom teacher.
Commenting on her selection as the new Windy Hills principal, Ms. Stukey remarked, "I am beyond excited to be joining the Windy Hills family. As your new leader, I'm looking forward to this amazing opportunity to partner with the Windy Hills community to continue to inspire excellence in teaching and learning. My goal is to ensure that every child is provided with an exceptional educational experience where academic excellence and social-emotional wellness are a priority. I am confident that together we will further enhance a thriving community of young scholars."
Stukey received her Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University and received her Elementary Education degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She also received a degree in Leadership and Policy Analysis/Education Specialist degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.
Stukey will relocate to Kearney this summer with her husband, Don, a veterinarian. They have one child, Harrison, who will be graduating from high school in May of 2021.