Frankford Elementary students will arrive on Aug. 22 to be greeted by a new principal, Linda King of Maxwelton. Greenbrier County Schools hired King in July, following the retirement of Bedford McClintic. McClintic served as the school’s principal for 38 years and was the second principal in the history of the school.
“Ms. King is fully committed to ensuring that Frankford Elementary continues its legacy as a community school. She possesses the enthusiasm, passion, compassion and leadership skills to enhance the positive school culture, positive school climate and high expectations for achievement that are the fabric of the Frankford Pirates. Under her leadership, continued greatness is the future of Frankford Elementary School,” said Superintendent Jeff Bryant.
King is a Greenbrier County native and a graduate of Greenbrier East High School. She attended Radford University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She advanced to attain her Masters in Audiology from Radford University in 1992, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
“I am honored to have been named the third principal ever of Frankford Elementary School. Although Mr. McClintic left some rather large shoes to fill, I am committed to working hard to earn the respect of my staff, students, parents, and the Frankford community,” said King.
King was employed as an audiologist with Greenbrier Audiology for one year after graduation when she realized her deep interest and desire to further her education in order to work with children in the school system. By August of 1994, she completed the Speech/Language Pathology coursework required to be dually certified in both audiology and speech/language pathology by the American Speech/Language Hearing Association and joined Greenbrier County Schools.
With 22 years of experience in Greenbrier County Schools, King has served as a speech/language therapist for 20 years; an assistant principal at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School for two years; and has served as lead speech therapist for the past two years with eight speech language pathologists under her supervision. Over the course of her employment with Greenbrier County Schools, King has served in various leadership roles including faculty senate president, publicity committee chair, and student council advisor. She has been active in the Local School Improvement Council and partnership committee while working at Lewisburg Elementary.
In 2005, King completed the Educational Leadership Program through Salem University to secure certification as a school administrator. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Principals Leadership Academy for the action research project completed during her leadership training.
“I am dedicated to continuing the many programs that have been established as traditions at Frankford, and aim to maintain the positive community relationship that has been instrumental to the school’s success,” said King.
The new school year will begin on Aug. 22 for students in grade 1-12; Aug. 29 for Kindergarten students; and Sept. 1 for Pre-K/Head Start students.