Leanne Leftwich, current assistant principal at Herman L. Horn Elementary School, has been named by the Roanoke County School Board as the new principal at Bonsack Elementary, starting July 1. The announcement was made at the board meeting on May 24.
Leftwich replaces current Bonsack Principal Melissa Jones, who is leaving the area due to a family relocation.
Leftwich joined RCPS in 2007 as a teacher at Herman L. Horn. In 2016, she was named assistant principal at the school. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trevecca Nazarene College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Radford University.
“Leanne has shown excellent leadership as an assistant principal and I’m pleased she will become a new principal at Bonsack Elementary,” said Dr. Greg Killough, Superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools. “I’m confident she will be a great asset to the school and community.”
Bonsack kindergarten teacher Sue Partsch is retiring at the end of the school year. She has taught at Bonsack for five years and worked in Roanoke County Schools for 19 years. She taught third and fifth grades at Fort Lewis Elementary prior to coming to Bonsack.
Upon retiring, Partsch plans to travel and do some educational training at international schools with Amazing Adventures in Education Inc. She and her husband, Bill, have two grown children, Erin and her spouse John, who live in Milwaukee, Wis., and Matt and wife Lyndsey, who live in Vinton with their “beautiful daughter Cora.”
“I have loved teaching all these years,” said Partsch. “The students are the best reward! It is so exciting to see these little ones learn to read! Bonsack and Fort Lewis were both wonderful schools. I have had terrific co-workers to teach with my entire career.”
Partsch was honored by the School Board for her years of service at the 2018 Retirement Banquet on May 23.