Asst. Principal Named at Central


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Afton Schleiff has been named assistant principal at Central Junior High.

Dr. Jared Cleveland, Superintendent, made the announcement saying "Mrs. Afton Schleiff is an emerging leader who currently serves as instructional facilitator at Southwest Junior High. Her literacy background, intentional focus on social and emotional development of children, and her drive to improve student achievement in all academic areas, made her a clear choice for Central JHS. If you don’t know Afton, you are in for a real treat! Her heart shines in all she does."

"I am so grateful for the opportunity to join the Central Junior High School family and for the support of Dr. Cleveland, Dr. Loftin, and the entire district leadership team. I am feeling so excited and honored to wholeheartedly serve staff, students, and families as an assistant principal." Schleiff said. "I also want to thank Mrs. Lindley and the wonderful team at Southwest Junior High for their unwavering support and belief in me."

Schleiff also added "Dr. Loftin is an exceptional leader and I cannot wait to learn and grow alongside him. I have admired his leadership for a long time and am looking forward to working closely with him. Each of us longs to know there's a welcome for us in this world and I am deeply grateful for the welcome that Dr. Loftin and the Central team have given to me."

Schleiff began working in the Springdale district in 2005 at Southwest Junior High and grew deep roots there, never teaching at any other school. She taught 8th and 9th grade English at Southwest and then became the Instructional Facilitator there. She has been helping and presenting at Conscious Discipline conferences and workshops since 2019 and even had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Becky Bailey, the creator of Conscious Discipline, and record a podcast together about CD in secondary classrooms.

Dr. Todd Loftin, principal of Central Junior High, said "Central students, parents, and staff are fortunate to add Mrs. Afton Schleiff as part of the Warrior Family. She brings high expectations for students and staff, a wealth of instructional expertise, a student centered mindset, and a genuine care that is uncommon. We’re thankful to Dr. Cleveland, his leadership team, and the Springdale School Board for fostering the continued excellence in Springdale, Central Junior High School, our staff, and community. Welcome to Central Junior High!"

Schleiff also has two academic publications coming out later this year-- six entries in the Language of Literacy Education and a chapter in the Handbook of Research on Supporting Social and Emotional Development Through Literacy Education.

Schleiff said: "I have a deep passion for instructional coaching, innovation, literacy, SEL, and serving our Springdale teachers, students, and families."