(Springfield, Ky.) – Holly Elmore has been named interim principal of Washington County Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year, according to an announcement from Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. A native of Campbellsville, Elmore is a 2000 graduate of Taylor County High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, minoring in secondary education from Campbellsville University in 2004, a Master of Arts in special education from CU in 2009, and a Master of Arts in instructional leadership at the University of the Cumberlands in 2011.

WCES Interim Principal Holly Wood

Holly Elmore


Elmore previously served as a Biology teacher, dean of instruction, and assistant principal at Washington County High School. Most recently, she served as the dean of instruction at Washington County Elementary School and Washington County Middle School.

“I am excited to grow alongside these teachers and students [at WCES] as interim principal,” says Elmore. “Every day, we strive for excellence by fostering a safe and engaging learning environment for all. We invite all parents and community members to join us in supporting our students in an ongoing tradition of excellence in achievement. I believe the heart of WCES is focused on doing what is best for all kids, and I consider it an honor and privilege to be a part of the team that continues to do this in the future! My door is always open, and I look forward to collaborating with all shareholders as we make WCES G.R.E.A.T.!”

“We are excited to welcome Mrs. Elmore as the interim principal of WCES,” says Cochran. “Mrs. Elmore’s extensive curriculum and assessment knowledge, as well as her background as an assistant principal dealing with behavior give her the experience she needs to be a strong leader. Her work this past year at WCES under Dr. Miller will also allow her to begin the year already knowing the staff, students and families. We look forward to seeing the continuation of great things at WCES!”

Amanda Colvin Riley, who has children that attend WCES, said that though she initially didn’t know Elmore when she was dean of instruction, she had heard many compliments from others. “She has always been wonderful with the children and with parents. I’m looking forward to a great school year with her as principal.”

“We are excited to have Mrs. Holly back again for the 2018-2019 school year, but even more excited to have her as our new WCES principal,” says WCES parent-teacher organization president Teresa Newton.  “We know the kids love her just as much as she loves them. I know she will do an awesome job to keep our children safe and love them like they are her own!”