DeDe Ashby has been selected as assistant superintendent of instruction for Hopkins County Schools.
For the past four years, she served as principal of Madisonville North Hopkins High School.
“I embrace this opportunity with great enthusiasm and excitement for the journey ahead,” Ashby said.
However, she added, it will be sad to leave North Hopkins.
“During the past four years, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of
students and alongside an outstanding faculty and staff at Madisonville North Hopkins High School,”
Ashby said. “This experience, coupled with my time as principal at Hanson Elementary, has provided
me with a clear understanding of where our students begin as preschoolers and kindergartners and the
preparation needed for life upon graduation.”
She has worked in Hopkins County Schools for 21 years. Positions have included director of secondary
instruction, Hanson Elementary School principal, MNHHS assistant principal and guidance counselor,
and business/marketing teacher at South Hopkins High School.
“I look forward to this new opportunity to shape instruction throughout our district, visit the many classrooms
of Hopkins County Schools and see our students in action,” Ashby said.
Ashby earned a bachelor’s degree in business education, master’s degree in secondary school guidance,
Rank I in secondary guidance, principalship endorsement and professional certificate for school superintendent,
all from Western Kentucky University.
She was part of the first cadre of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Principal Leadership Institute,
member of the Kentucky Leadership Academy, and a presenter at the National Blue Ribbon Conference
after Hanson was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School. She was 2005 Hopkins County Schools
Administrator of the Year and Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year, and a former
member of the YMCA Board of Directors, and Leadership Madisonville/Hopkins County Board of
Directors. She is a member of Noon Kiwanis.
While Ashby officially will start her new role on July 1, she will also be spending time at MNHHS helping
prepare for the start of the school year. The MNHHS principal position will be advertised.