By David Fong
TROY — Katy Weaver may be an Elk by birth, but she’s a Trojan by choice.
Weaver, a 1999 Centerville High School and 2003 University of Dayton graduate, recently was promoted from Troy High School assistant principal to Troy High School head principal. She replaces Bill Overla, who left to accept to accept a supervisor position at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.
Weaver has spent almost her entire professional career within the Troy City Schools — starting with a position as a sixth-grade teacher at Heywood Elementary School in 2005 — an there’s no place else she’d rather be.
“I love it here,” Weaver said. “The city of Troy is such an incredible community. Being able to be the head principal here is an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up. The kids are great and the parents are so supportive of their kids and the schools. When the head principal position became open and I expressed interest, the support I received from staff within the building and people in the community is what put me over the top. With them, I think we can do great things here at the school.”
Weaver taught for one year at Heywood, then moved on to teach at the Van Cleve Sixth Grade Building when the sixth grade classes at all of Troy’s elementary school buildings merged into one school building in 2006. She eventually taught English at Troy Junior High School. In 2011, she became principal at Kyle Elementary School. In 2014, she became an assistant principal at Troy High School.
She said that not only does she have a familiarity with Troy High School students after serving for two years as an assistant principal, but Weaver said she’s known some current students going back to her time at Kyle Elementary.
“I feel like I know a lot of the families from Kyle,” she said. “Obviously I already know the kids who are already here from the past two years, but I also know a lot of the incoming freshmen from my time at Kyle.”
Weaver said she also looks forward to working with Troy High School teachers and staff in her new role.
“We are so blessed to have the amazing staff that we do here,” she said. “Without them, Troy High School wouldn’t be what it is. They are the ones who make this school such a wonderful place to be.”
Weaver said the opportunity to become a head principal has always been a dream for her.
“I grew up in an education family and I always knew there was a possibility something like this could happen. I think it’s a great opportunity. When you become the head principal, in a lot of ways you become the face of the building. A lot of times, people are going to look for you for answers and guidance. That’s something Bill (Overla) was always very good at. I know I have some big shoes to fill. It’s a very big responsibility, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
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