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Paula Walston is new WMES Principal

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By Stevie Lowery

Paula Walston, who was been a reading teacher at Lebanon Elementary School since August of 2002, achieved a life-long goal Thursday evening, June 5, when she was selected to become the West Marion Elementary School Principal.
The WMES SBDM Council held a special-called meeting Thursday at 5:15 p.m., and after meeting for approximately 45 minutes in closed session, the council reconvened in open session and unanimously voted to hire Walston as principal.
Walston is a National Board Certified Teacher and she received her principal certification in 2010. In 2013, after being named Outstanding Educator by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, she said a personal goal of hers was to become a principal.
“Becoming a principal is one of my goals because I want to be a leader and a role model,” Walston told the Enterprise in 2013. “I want to play a bigger part in making the decisions that will positively impact student learning.”
Walston replaces Benji Mattingly, who had been principal at West Marion Elementary School for almost nine years. He resigned Friday, May 2.
See more about Walston in the June 11 edition of the Enterprise.