Liddick to take over as principal at Frances Slocum

Publish Date: 01/15/2014
Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, Anne Liddick will be taking the lead at Frances Slocum Elementary as principal. Melissa Jessup, Frances Slocum’s current principal, will be serving the Marion Community Schools district in a new administrative role.

In her nearly one and half years as assistant principal at Kendall Elementary School, Liddick has proven herself an effective and energetic leader. She is looking forward to new opportunities at Frances Slocum.

Liddick has been an educator in Grant County for nearly 20 years. Prior to coming to MCS, she worked as a teacher and then Title 1 interventionist and in a leadership role at Westview Elementary at Mississinewa Community Schools, where she worked directly with Brenda McVicker, then a Mississinewa administrator (and now MCS director of elementary education). McVicker expressed confidence that Liddick will excel in her new role.

Liddick earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Taylor University, and earned her master’s in leadership and administration from Anderson University.

She is looking to build on momentum at Frances Slocum, where Jessup’s leadership in the 2012-13 school year helped students and staff make great strides, as evidenced by impressive gains in their ISTEP+ scores year-over-year. Last school year’s fourth-graders at the school improved their ISTEP+ passage rate in math by 28.4 percentage points as compared to their third-grade performance. The same group saw a 19.3 percentage point jump in English/language arts year-over-year.

At Kendall, Kristi Phillippe will be filling the assistant principal position left open by Liddick’s promotion. Phillippe had been serving as assistant principal at Allen Elementary School.

Marion Community Schools appreciates Jessup’s work and will value her continued contributions in her new role as elementary administrator on assignment at Allen Elementary, where she will help support Principal Anthony Williams and Assistant Principal Stephanie McNeal. She will also have some district-wide responsibilities in support to McVicker in the area of high ability programming.