Allison Stieg ‘so excited’ to be next Paducah Tilghman principal

PADUCAH — The newly-selected principal of Paducah Tilghman High School says she is “so excited to get ready to start working for the students.”

In an unanimous vote Monday afternoon, the Site Based Decision Making Council selected Allison Stieg as the successor to Principal Art Davis, who will be retiring on June 30. Davis has been the principal at Paducah Tilghman since 2003, the longest tenure for a principal in the school’s history.

“Oh, it’s huge shoes to fill. That’s why I’m going to be bothering him for the next three months pretty steadily,” said Stieg. “We’ve worked together for 11 years, and so I always go to him for guidance if I need some help with something or I’m not sure. He’s got a tremendous amount of experience. And he’s just a very knowledgeable person as far as the law and other things that I need to know. And I’ll just continue to gain as much experience from him as I possibly can.”

Allison Stieg is currently the dean of students at Paducah Tilghman.

Stieg is currently the dean of students at Paducah Tilghman, a role she has been in for 11 years. Prior to that, she was a teacher and varsity girls basketball coach at the school. In all, the Murray State graduate has worked for 17 years at Paducah Tilghman and has 27 years of experience in education.

Stieg said being named as the next principal of Paducah Tilghman High School “is one of the most exciting days of my life.”

“I’m just tickled to death,” said Stieg. “I’m so excited to get ready to start working for the students.”

Stieg said her top priorities as the next principal include understanding the new state graduation requirements and ensuring school safety.

“There’s some upgrades and things we can do with our technology and so forth that we’ll look into,” said Stieg.

Stieg said other top priorities include finding a new dean of students, and doing “a lot of listening.”

Stieg will succeed Art Davis, who has been the principal since 2003.

“I think what I said about knowing each and every student by name and need, I will continue to do that,” said Stieg. I’ll be able to see more students. I’ll be out in the school. We’re going to continue the excellence through the academics, the arts, the athletics. And to meet the needs of those students, I will be available and I can’t wait to do that. I can’t wait to be out of my office and see them in their classroom and in their learning environment, and see how the teachers interact and be able to help if needed, and to be a true instructional leader.”

Stieg also said she’s excited about the Innovation Hub being built behind Paducah Tilghman High School. Once it opens in the fall of 2020, it will be a place where K-12 students can learn about carpentry, welding, computer-aided design, robotics, arts and more.

“A lot of kids in the engineering and that kind of stuff, they maybe never would of thought about going out there — will with this new hub. So very exciting times,” said Stieg.

Meanwhile, as Davis prepares to retire, he said the most rewarding part about being a principal are simply the students.

“In education, I see it on a daily basis, within hours, within minutes. You constantly see that. You see students grow. You see them mature. You see them go out into the community, become successful citizens, and they come back and say, ‘Hey, thank you, Mr. Davis’ or thank that teacher. That is the most gratifying thing,” said Davis.

Davis told Local 6 some of his fondest memories include Paducah Tilghman winning the Class 3A state football championship in 2009, and the school being classified as distinguished for the 2015 through 2016 school year.

Prior to becoming the principal in 2003, Davis was Paducah Tilghman’s band director, assistant track coach, athletic director, and director of student activities. In all, he has worked at the school for 27 years.

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