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New principal hired for 2013-2014 school year at Southwest Elem.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bethany Deal
The Dexter School Board Tuesday night hired Bethany Deal, currently a principal at Valley R-VI Jr. High and High School in Caledonia, to fill the position of principal at Southwest Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year. The position becomes available upon the June retirement of Sherry Matthews, who has served as principal at Southwest for the past 15 years.

Deal has been employed in the Valley School District since 2008 as first a counselor and then principal and previously taught at Potosi and at Kingston. She was named Southeast Missouri School Counselor of the Year in 2010.

Deal holds a Bachelor of Science from Central Methodist University with a major in elementary education and a minor in early childhood education. She earned a Master of Science from Missouri Baptist University with a major in educational counseling. After attaining a Master of Arts from Southeast Missouri State University with a major in educational administration, she is currently pursuing a specialist degree from SEMO in educational administration.

Deal is married to Russell Deal, a retired physical education teacher. They have four children, ages 24, 20, 15, and 11.The family currently resides in Potosi.

A full account of Tuesday night's meeting of the Board of Education will appear in Thursday's Daily Statesman.

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They need to get MEN back in there as principals. Start carrying bats and show those bullies early not to mess with the little guys or the chubby guys. :-)

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 6:46 PM

It's a fallacy to think that men are better disciplinarians. I've seen as many wimpy men as women in the role of principal--as well as the classroom.

Since educators are no longer allowed to use force anyway, they have to be creative in finding other means of discipline.

Just try using a baseball bat! You'll find yourself in court faster than you can say "Jack Robinson"!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 5:59 AM

Bearcat 72, you never cease to amaze me with your caveman perspective. While i do realize that men and women to bring different strengths and weaknesses into any given situation, i sometimes wonder if you say things like that just to bring on a good argument. I have a very hard time believing you are walking around, upright, with that kind of opinion about women. Come out of your cave!

-- Posted by jimandamycolbert on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 7:25 PM

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