New principal starts new school year

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Corey Christopher is proud to be the new principal at Camden Junior High School. An amiable and joyful man, he says that education is his calling. “Teaching”, he states, “is what I was put here to do!”

He has a bachelor’s degree from Bethel in Business Management, a master’s degree from Union University in Education and an Educational Specialist’s degree in Instructional leadership from Union University.

He taught 6th grade for 11 years. The subjects included Social Studies, Science and English Language Arts. He then worked as the assistant principal at Camden Junior High School for 6 years.

Married for 20 years to Joy Christopher, who is a Special Education Supervisor at Central, they have three children. Kayedence, 17, is a senior; Keeghan, 14, is in the ninth grade; and Brooklyn, 5 is in kindergarten.

Corey Christopher came to Benton County when he was 7 months old. He was raised in Big Sandy and as the name implies, he is a fifth cousin to Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher.

He credits retired principal Michelle Leonard as a mentor in his life. She was his 9th grade biology teacher and has been an inspiration ever since. He states, “She believed in me! I feel like she molded me for this position. Camden Junior High School is where I plan to retire. I have no interest in going anywhere else.”

Going forward, he is excited to facilitate a strong educational relationship between the teachers and students at the school. He says the formal aspects of an education is vital to a successful life and that extracurricular activities such as sports, band and other group activities develop an aspect of teamwork making for a person that will function well in the community eventually becoming a good citizen in the future.

He also states that he is pleased to be working with Gwyn Terry, the new assistant principal at CJH. He states, “I know she will do a good job.

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