Eric Knight has been selected as the new elementary principal at Chester Area School.
Knight has been a fourth-grade teacher and coach for basketball and football at Chester since 2005. He will fill the vacancy left by Faith Stratton, who retires at the end of her contract this year.
Knight graduated from Dakota State University in 2005 with a teaching degree and completed his student teaching assignment at Chester School. Since being hired, Knight has earned two master's degrees from South Dakota State University -- one in curriculum instruction and another in K-12 education administration.
"I'm very excited to start the position," Knight said. "It's a new challenge in my career."
Knight said that he's excited not only about the future development of new programs but also about existing programs. He plans to continue with Intervention 101, which aims to help students who aren't reaching their achievement potential and to help teachers with common core requirements and smarter balance testing, which will replace the Dakota Step test.
Knight and fifth-grade teacher Danelle Keninger introduced iPads to their students this year. Through the program, each student is issued an iPad, which they use in all of their classes. Knight said he'd like to see that program continue and possibly expand.
Knight plans to continue coaching basketball and possibly football.