Fortune to be new Hauser principal

HOPE — A administrator from Hope Elementary will soon take over the role of Hauser Jr.-Sr. High School principal.

Kris Fortune, current dean of students at Hope, will officially step into the role of Hauser principal in July, said Flat Rock-Hawcreek Superintendent Shawn Price.

At that time, current Principal David Wintin will move into the position of “executive director of accelerated learning.”

“It’s a district-level position that will help us to coordinate our strategies as we come into next year dealing with learning loss and the use of the DOE resources that we’re looking at for that accelerated learning piece,” Price said.

The school corporation has not yet chosen a replacement for Fortune. Flat Rock-Hawcreek is accepting applications, looking at candidates and will start the interview process soon, Price said.

Fortune joined the district in 2018 as the Hope dean of students, as well as the district school safety coordinator. He’s also served as the district special education coordinator for the past two years.

Prior to joining the Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp., Fortune was with the Southwestern Consolidated School District in Shelby County, where he worked for five years. During that time, he taught math at different grade levels and taught first grade as well. He also served as a technology coach and on a number of committees.

Despite some nervousness, Fortune said that he “couldn’t be more excited” about his new role.

“I love the families and community of Hope, so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to advance my career without having to move to a new district,” he said. “The Flat Rock Hawcreek School Corp. feels like the small school community I attended growing up, which is the type of school I’ve always wanted to work in. Hauser has a lot of great things happening already, and I can’t wait to get to work with the students and staff to continue making progress.”

He added that he owes a lot to his wife and family for supporting him in his career, as well as to students, peers and administrators who have “helped mold me into the educator I am today.”

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Age: 30

City of residence: Indianapolis

Hometown: Hatfield, Indiana

Education: Bachelor’s in elementary education with certification in middle school mathematics from Indiana State University, and a master’s in educational administration from Ball State University.

Career overview: After graduating from Indiana State in 2013, Fortune spent five years teaching in the Southwestern Consolidated School District in Shelby County. During that time, he taught seventh grade math/Algebra 1, first grade, and fourth/fifth grade math.

In 2018, he became the Hope Elementary dean of students and the district school safety coordinator. He has also served as the district special education coordinator for the past two years.

Professional honors and associations: Indiana Association of School Principals and Indiana New Administrator Leadership Institute.

Community involvement and associations: Member of Stones Crossing Church in Greenwood

Family: Married to Emily with two children