Current K-12 Oakland school principal Adam Clapp will be the next Monticello High School principal. The 33-year-old Oakland native who started his educational career in Monticello was unanimously approved by the school board on April 25.
He will start July 1 and replace Tip Reedy, who has been hired as the superintendent of the Williamsville school district.
Clapp said he admires both the Monticello school district and community.
"Monticello High School is the premier high school in Central Illinois in academics, athletics, and fine arts. Monticello is a great community and a great place to raise a family," said Clapp, who with wife Jessie has three daughters, including five-year-old twins in addition to a one-year-old.
"Monticello has a small town feel but has many of the attractions of a bigger community," added Clapp, who taught science and coached for one year at MHS after graduating from McKendree University in 2007. He also earned his masters of education leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in 2012, and a specialist in education administration from Eastern Illinois University in 2016.
"Adam brings current experience in a high school along with the unique experience of working with K-12 teachers and students on curriculum and instruction that other candidates do not have," said Monticello Superintendent Vic Zimmerman, noting there were 18 applicants for the position. "His energy, passion and confidence came through with both interview teams as well as my one-on-one with him."
Clapp added that, "relationships are the center of everything I do as an educator, and I love working with young people. I believe all students can achieve at high levels, and it is important to continue to look for ways to build relationships with students in order to know and capitalize on how individual students best learn.
"It is cliche to say, but people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care."
He added his belief that "Monticello schools have a great staff and a student body that excels in academics and extracurricular activities, and I hope to team with the community, faculty, and students so that excellence will continue for years to come."
Clapp grew up in Oakland and graduated from high school there in 2002. While teaching at Monticello High School, he was also the freshman basketball and assistant football and assistant softball coach before teaching science at Oakland High School from 2008-2012.
He then took charge of the district’s 280 students as the district’s K-12 principal from 2012 through the current school year. At Oakland he was also the head basketball coach for four years, head football coach for six years, and WYSE team coach for four years.