Friday, February 12, 2016
Cravens named East Middle School principal
Joplin Schools is pleased to announce that Jason Cravens has been named the new East Middle School principal. He will begin that position in August 2016. Cravens graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor's degree in education and earned his master's degree from Pittsburg State University. He taught for two years at College Heights Christian School and for five years at Joplin High School. In 2004, he became an assistant principal at JHS and served in that capacity for six years. In 2010, he moved to administration as director of instructional services and currently serves as executive director of secondary education for Joplin Schools.
"We are excited to have Jason serve as principal at East Middle School," said Joplin Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder. "His experience as a teacher, assistant principal and district administrator and his understanding of building a culture of continuous improvement make him an ideal choice to lead East Middle School staff and students."
"I look forward to working with the staff, students, and parents at East in my new role," said Cravens. "With the help of our capable and dedicated teachers and staff, we will continue the positive momentum and focus on educational excellence at East."
Barbara Cox currently serves as interim principal for East Middle School. She will continue in that role through the end of the 2015-2016 school year.