Masters holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Kentucky, a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Kentucky State University, a Master’s degree in Education Instructional Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Morehead State University. With his credentials, Masters could apply for any number of administrative positions, but said he would only consider applying to be a superintendent for Henry County Public Schools.
“I have such fond memories of serving as the principal of Henry County High School. The school system is a source of pride for the community; it has great staff members, great students and great people in general here,” Masters said. “You cannot find a better community than Henry County. I can’t wait to be back here.”
During his time as an administrator, Masters can point to many successes like improved state test scores, growth in ACT scores, decreased discipline referrals, better communication and collaboration among parents, students and staff, and higher job satisfaction ratings from teachers. Those successes can be attributed not only to hard work done in the classroom, but also to relationship-building.
“Student success can only happen when open, honest, positive relationships form among students, teachers, parents and the community,” Masters said. “These relationships, and the trust that comes with them, will develop only when a leader truly understands that he is a servant to all stakeholders and leads through respect and relationships as compared to position and rights.”
To that end, Masters plans to first visit all the district’s schools and meet “every single staff member.”
“I’m going to start building those relationships and establishing trust so that we can come together for a common cause, which is to improve student learning,” Masters said. “I want Henry County to be a great place to work and a great place to learn, and a true source of pride for our community.”