Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal Clinton Blankenbaker

Clinton Blankenbaker

    Mr. Blankenbaker was recently named the assistant principal at Bradie Shrum Elementary School. He will begin his new role July 1.
     He grew up in Salem and attended Salem Community Schools, where he graduated from Salem High School. 
He earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University Southeast in elementary education and a Masters’ degree in Education Administration from Ball State University.
     Blankenbaker said he decided to become involved in education at an early age. “Growing up I was very fortunate to experience wonderful educators in the classrooms in my own teachers at Bradie M. Shrum Elementary,” he said. “My experiences, as a student, at Salem Community Schools initially opened my eyes to the importance of positive roles models in the lives of our community’s youth. The idea of being a role model for our youth continued to be the motivation that provided the guidance to become and educator.”
     Prior to becoming an administrator, Blankenbaker taught at East Washington Elementary School as a third-grade teacher for seven years.
     He just finished his third year as an assistant principal at SMS. Blankenbaker said his initial decision to get into administration goes back to when he was a student at Salem High School. 
     “When discussing future goals during a class, a teacher asked what my plans were for my career in education,” he said. “I hadn’t given the subject much more thought other than I wanted to be a teacher.  At that point in time I made a decision that I would set a goal for myself to one day become an administrator.”
     He said his decision was reaffirmed after teaching for seven years.
     “And then fortunately, getting the opportunity to come back home and begin my first administration job at Salem Middle School. Through administration I have realized that each day is completely different than the previous and that is a something I look forward to each morning when I come to school.”
     Blankenbaker said his favorite days include discussing successes with students and staff that are occurring in their personal lives and in the classrooms. 
     “Middle school students are able to express themselves with a heightened sense of awareness,” he said. “Being a person they have confidence in to discuss their life challenges is rewarding and something I look forward to everyday on the job.”
     He said he looks forward to the continued growth of the SMS staff and students, given the ever-evolving world we live in. 
     “Salem is a wonderful place to grow and raise families,” he said. “ I am proud of how our staff and students are able, and will continue, to adapt to whatever challenge is placed in their path.”

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