Aguilar to step up as next Principal of Frances Slocum Elementary; Morrell named Assistant Principal

Publish Date: 04/06/2020

Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce that Rianne Aguilar will step up to the role of Principal at Frances Slocum Elementary for the 2020-21 school year.

     Rianne Aguilar

Aguilar has been Assistant Principal at Frances Slocum Elementary since 2018, and she looks forward to working with students and families in this new role.

“I am incredibly excited and am thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve our Frances Slocum families” she said. “Over these last two years I have been motivated to work alongside such a dedicated and talented staff that I know will work hard to provide the best possible education and meet the needs of our students. In these next few months our goals will be to reach out to our families and build connections that we know will be lasting moving forward.” 

She said that even though school buildings are currently closed, the staff is hard at work.

“We will continue to meet students where they are and provide intentional academic strategies and social emotional learning with a focus in bridging the academic gaps for our students in both literacy and math,” Aguilar said. “We also have a unique opportunity for teachers to participate in a variety of professional development opportunities that I believe will allow us to provide our students our very best moving forward.”   

Aguilar started at Marion Community Schools in 2013 as a special education teacher at Allen Elementary School. She joined Frances Slocum Elementary as Assistant Principal in 2018. She is a Marion native and a proud Marion High School graduate.

“Marion Community Schools has been an influential part of who I am today, and I am forever grateful for the education I received in Marion,” she said.

She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from Grace College. She earned her master’s degree in school administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.  

Marion Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Lindsay said he believes Aguilar will excel in this new role.

“Rianne learned much as Dr. Gwen Lavert's Assistant Principal in the past two years, and she is prepared and ready to receive the leadership baton for the next phase of total-child growth at Frances Slocum Elementary,” Dr. Lindsay said. "Rianne is a proud Marion Community Schools product, and she is fully invested in our community. She is committed to the success of all of our students, and her love for our families and our community is clear. I have full confidence and trust in Rianne. I have no doubt she will deeply invest into the mission-dedicated work it takes to help every student learn and grow, so they can make significant lifelong contributions to others.”

Dr. Lavert said she has confidence in Aguilar.

“Rianne is faithful, determined, and dedicated to the calling,” Dr. Lavert said. “Her commitment to our families is evident, and she believes all students have the right to equal access to the curriculum. She will leave no student behind.”

Aguilar said her time working with Dr. Lavert was invaluable.

“I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Lavert,” Aguilar said. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to see her passion for students, passion for literacy, and passion for this community. She has been an extraordinary mentor for me. I look forward to carrying on from the foundation that Dr. Lavert has already started at Frances Slocum.”

Marion Community Schools is extremely grateful for Dr. Lavert’s three years of excellent service and leadership. Her knowledge and experience brought depth and strength to our focus on literacy and numeracy at MCS and will help shape our work for years to come. We wish her the best as she moves on to the next phase of her life and work!

Morrell named next Assistant Principal at Frances Slocum Elementary

Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce that Alicia Morrell will be stepping up into the Assistant Principal role at Frances Slocum Elementary for the 2020-21 school year. 

     Alicia Morrell

Morrell has been a teacher at Frances Slocum Elementary since 2018, and also taught at Lincoln Elementary for the 2009-10 school year. In the eight years between, she was an administrator at Indiana Wesleyan University with the Upward Bound program, a federal college preparation program providing educational, social, and cultural experiences to local high school students in order to help them develop in character, scholarship, and leadership. Morrell was assistant director of Upward Bound at IWU for one year, and director for seven.

“I am honored to serve in the capacity of Assistant Principal at Frances Slocum Elementary,” Morrell said. “My goal is to provide the type of leadership that continues to promote growth, development, and accountability for students and teachers. I also intend to develop close relationships with parents and community partners. Together, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of our students.” 

The Marion native and Marion High School graduate earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s in organizational leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University, and is completing her principal licensure there now. 

She is excited about the coming school year and the opportunities ahead.

“I look forward to working with students, teachers, staff, and other stakeholders to provide our students with a positive and high quality school experience,” she said.