By Anna Skinner
After more than six years in Carmel Clay Schools, Kate Fagan is now the principal at Mohawk Trails Elementary School.
“My main goal is to continue with the great tradition of academic excellence that Mohawk has had over a number of years and to expand the social and emotional learning of students,” the 36-year-old said. “My most immediate goal is to build relationships with all students, staff and families to ensure we have a level of trust, and so I can know students on a personal level.”
Fagan replaces Lori Storer, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Fagan attended Indiana University for her education.
Fagan, a Carmel High School graduate, was previously the assistant principal at Orchard Park Elementary.
“I feel as though my position at Orchard Park has prepared me for this role. I was able to work with the principal there, and that has prepared me for the duties a principal does on a daily basis,” she said. “I’m not nervous. I’m really excited to get to know everybody and learn what makes the building tick and what makes the building work. I feel very fortunate to have this position.”
Fagan said that while in school herself, she loved all science classes.
“I grew up in Carmel, and I’ve known for a long time that I’ve wanted to be a principal and to have an opportunity to do so in a school district like Carmel is really fortunate,” she said. “I really want to dig deeper and continue the great work the teachers have been doing … I love teaching, I love kids and I can’t wait to bring that to a different building.”
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