(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Malissa Hutchins of Harrodsburg has been named principal of Washington County High School, according to an announcement from Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. Hutchins is a 1984 graduate of WCHS, where she was a member of the Commanderette basketball team. She received a bachelor of science in secondary physical education and health from Union College in 1988 and a master’s degree in physical education from Eastern Kentucky University in 1990. She also received her Rank I in special education in 2000 and an instructional leadership certification in 2005 from Eastern Kentucky University.

Malissa Hutchins

Malissa Hutchins


Hutchins previously taught health and physical education and served as a basketball coach at Saint Catherine College, was a special education teacher at WCHS, a special education teacher and later dean of students for Harrodsburg Middle/High School.  Most recently, Hutchins served as assistant principal and for the last six years has been principal of Mercer County Senior High School.

Hutchins said she is happy to be back home. “I am where I am in education because of the influence of many educators in this community,” she says. “To be able to come back and contribute to this community is truly an honor.”

She has several goals for WCHS including becoming a distinguished school, and graduating every student college and career (transition) ready. “It’s about kids first,” Hutchins says. “Every decision that will be made will be what’s in the best interest of all the kids. That’s why we do what we do. It’s about preparing kids for what’s beyond high school and making them well-rounded citizens. It’s important that we prepare them for that next chapter of their life. It’s our responsibility to prepare them for that next step.”

Cochran said she was excited to have Hutchins on her administration team. “Malissa brings much experience and a wealth of knowledge in leadership,” she said. “Her love for education and commitment to the success of students is remarkable.  She also understands the importance of a team effort and this will help build the morale and cohesiveness of the high school staff.”

Hutchins is the daughter of the late Larry and Diane Hutchins and Betty Hutchins.