The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) has named Mrs. Brooke Tharp as the new Mt. Vernon Middle School Principal, effective June 9, 2021. Tharp has served as the Assistant Principal of Mt. Vernon High School since 2016 and brings over 20 years of classroom teaching experience to this leadership position.
During her time as the assistant principal at Mt. Vernon High School, Tharp was heavily involved in the crisis prevention and safety team as well as their Professional Learning Communities. Her interpersonal relationship skills and experience in curriculum development, instructional practice and assessment were integral to her selection as principal of Mt. Vernon Middle School.
Tharp previously served as assistant principal at Mt. Vernon Middle School from 2014-2016 where she chaired the committee for the District AdvancED Accreditation process in 2014. In her role as assistant principal, she also developed school improvement plans, school handbooks, and served as PAR for special education conferences.
Before becoming assistant principal at Mt. Vernon Middle School, Tharp was the special education department chair and teacher from 2004-2014 at Mt. Vernon High School. Prior to that she was a special education teacher at both Pendleton Heights High School and Mt. Vernon Middle School.
Tharp shares, “I have drawn on my education and professional experience to form an educational leadership style built around servant leadership and a collaborative, team approach. I am focused on building and maintaining strong relationships with all stakeholders, working alongside teachers and staff to support a shared vision for high student achievement and growth, and fostering an environment that supports the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of all students. It is my strong belief that leading with this approach creates an environment where all students can learn, progress, and achieve a high level of success.”
Tharp encompasses many leadership strengths for Mt. Vernon Middle School’s continuous path of achieving excellence. Her collaborative leadership skills and experience in building a dynamic and team-oriented culture were a leading factor in her selection.
MVCSC’s Superintendent, Dr. Jack Parker states, “Brooke’s vast experience in creating a school environment where the whole child is supported with a direct path to learning at high levels made her an ideal selection. Her leadership abilities and strong foundation to serve students and staff give me full confidence that Mt. Vernon Middle School will continue to grow and succeed.”
Tharp is currently pursuing her doctorate of Education Administration at Indiana State University. She also holds a master’s of education from Butler University and a bachelor's degree in education from Indiana University. Tharp also holds an Indiana building level administrator’s license and a professional educator’s license.