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Crishell Sam Named as James Whitcomb Riley School 43 Principal

We are thrilled to announce a significant development at James Whitcomb Riley School 43. Crishell Sam has been appointed as the school’s new principal, bringing with her a wealth of experience and a passion for education.

Currently serving as the interim principal of Arsenal Technical High School within the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) district, Ms. Sam will be completing her tenure at Arsenal Technical High School before transitioning to James Whitcomb Riley School 43 in June. Her return to the school holds a special significance for her, as it marks a homecoming to the place where she began her career with IPS as a sixth-grade teacher.

This appointment represents an exciting new chapter for the school and its students. Ms. Sam’s passion for education, extensive experience, and deep connection to the school make her the ideal leader to guide James Whitcomb Riley School 43 towards continued growth and success.

With her vision for effective instructional practices, caring staff, and positive activities, she is poised to make a lasting impact on the lives of students, supporting their academic achievements and personal development.

“While the decision to leave the students and staff at Arsenal Technical High School was difficult, I am excited for the opportunity to return to James Whitcomb Riley School 43 where I first began my career with IPS as a sixth grade teacher,” said Sam. “I look forward to building relationships and supporting the students by lifting up the mission of providing effective instructional practices, caring staff, and positive activities that foster student growth and exceptional academic achievement for our school.”

As Ms. Sam returns to her professional roots, the entire school community eagerly awaits the bright future that lies ahead under her capable leadership.