New principals named at three LPS schools

In the first of several announcements, Lincoln Public Schools has named three new principals to schools where recent retirements were announced earlier this year.

“These school leaders have proven through their years of service to be dedicated to the success of all students. They have both the skills and the heart for leading our schools and the important work that happens in our classrooms every day,” said Matt Larson, LPS associate superintendent for Instruction. 

Congratulations to the following:

  • Amy Clark, current Adams Elementary School principal, is returning to Sheridan Elementary School. She began teaching first grade at Sheridan in 2005, before moving to fifth grade in 2009. In 2011, Clark served as Sheridan’s coordinator until she took on the associate principal role at Adams Elementary in 2015. In 2017, Clark became the principal at Adams. 
  • Kellie Joy, current Lakeview Elementary School principal, will be Kooser Elementary School’s next principal. Joy was promoted to principal at Lakeview in 2018, after serving as instructional coordinator there since 2015. She also taught at Clinton Elementary School and served as instructional coach and continuous school improvement co-chair. Joy also has experience as an instructor and master teacher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Jason Shanahan, current Irving Middle School principal, will move to Mickle Middle School as the principal next year. Shanahan taught in Kansas, Kearney and Bellevue before joining Lincoln Public Schools as a teacher at Schoo Middle School in 2009. He was Schoo’s instructional coordinator from 2012 to 2014, before moving to Irving as the associate principal. Shanahan was named Irving’s principal in 2016.


All three will begin their new duties July 1.

Published: February 18, 2021, Updated: February 18, 2021

Amy Clark

Kellie Joy

Jason Shanahan