Hard work, education proves valuable to teacher turned administrator at SES

Hard work, education proves valuable to teacher turned administrator at SES

Growing up, Jordan Warner, administrative assistant and elementary e-learning coordinator at Scottsburg Elementary School, quickly learned the value of hard work and education.

“My parents believed that I needed to work at places I didn’t enjoy,” Warner said about learning the value of education and hard work.

So, Warner went to work on a garbage truck and on a tobacco farm when he was in high school in Jefferson County, Ind.

“My parents were very supportive of where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do,” Warner said. But, for him and his sister, not going to college “was never an option for us.”

By seeing firsthand the value of hard work and education, Warner chose to become an educator in order to make a difference. His goal was not to necessarily save the world; it was to make school more enjoyable for students and teachers. As a student, Warner said he did not have as positive of an experience as he felt he could have had, so he wanted to improve upon it.

It was also his goal to become an administrator.

“I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to make it more fun,” Warner said.

After graduation at Franklin College for his undergraduate degree, Warner went to work for one year at a school in Shelbyville, Ind., and then, he took a job with Scott County School District 2, teaching at Lexington Elementary School for two years.

“I come from a family of teachers. My fiancée and my sister, who is four years older than me, are teachers in Carroll County, Ky. I’ve always loved working with the kids,” Warner said. “I love hearing them talk about things and talk about their weekend.”

During the summer, the administrative assistant and elementary e-learning coordinator position at SES became available when the former assistant principal and e-learning coordinator, Tiffany Barrett, was named the new principal at Vienna-Finley Elementary School. To reach his goals, Warner, who is nearing completion of his administrator’s license requirements and master’s degree from Western Governors University, applied for the job. Later, he was offered the position and accepted.

“[To become an administrator] was always the goal,” Warner said. “I am in charge of all the behavior for grades Kindergarten through fourth. I am also in charge of the bus dismissal at the back door of the school. [As an administrative assistant], you have to deal with the behind the scenes things — irate parents, being paged to classrooms or having to go somewhere, and teacher evaluations. You have to make the final say.”

Because his position is both administrative assistant and elementary e-learning coordinator, Warner spends the majority of his week as an administrative assistant and the other two days as e-learning coordinator for the elementary schools, where he helps teachers with implementing technology and finding new applications and programs for the classroom.

“I am passionate about researching. [Technology] has always come easy for me,” Warner said. “When you’re able to solve that problem for a teacher is the best part. I want to help out in some way.”

When Warner is not in the classroom or the office, he spends his time building and creating. During the summer, he works with mother at Midwest Gym Supply in Madison, Ind. The company installs custom gymnastics equipment and padding throughout the Eastern half of the United States.

“It’s something different,” Warner said. “We do gym installs, trampoline parks, and foam pits.”

Warner also likes to create and build in his backyard and around his house by using his carpentry and woodworking skills.

“My dad has always been the type we do things on our own,” Warner said about how he started his hobby in the building trades. “I will look at a photo and start building. I’m not the type that goes on instructions. I’m very go, go, go.”

For his nearly 2-year-old daughter, he created an elaborate, pink playhouse and playset. He created the play area from his own plans.

“I always wanted to build our playhouse,” Warner said.

Warner is making a difference whether he is helping teachers implementing technology in the classroom, he is holding the door open for a student during bus dismissal, or he is building into the lives of children during the day at Scottsburg Elementary School. At Scott County School District 2, Warner’s story is our story. Your story matters. You matter.