A high school principal at St. Elizabeth has been named superintendent of the Licking School District, replacing retiring school head John Hood.

The hiring of Cristina Irwin was announced last week by the Licking board of education. She has served six years as a preschool through 12th grade principal and 12 years as a teacher. “I am honored and very excited to become superintendent of schools for Licking School District, one of the finest school districts in the state,” she said.  “Since researching the district and spending time visiting, I have learned the tradition of excellence that exists is due to the wonderful people of the community and the hard work of students and staff.”

After graduating from the University of Missouri in Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in education, she was awarded her master’s degree in education administration from Park University and earned her specialist degree from William Woods University.

Irwin and husband, Brent, live in St. Elizabeth and have children, three boys and a girl, ranging from ages 9 to 17.

“I believe sincerely in a quality and comprehensive education for all students. Licking School District is known not only for its academic excellence and extracurricular programs, but also for the positive relationships between staff and students. My mission as superintendent is to continue the great work that has been done and build upon tradition to stretch programming for the benefit of all families. It is critical to all students’ success that they graduate from high school with the habits of mind and skills necessary to pursue and achieve their own goals and dreams,” she said. 

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