Betty Poore has been named principal of Washington Lutheran School by the school's Board of Directors.
Poore received her master's degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her doctorate in educational administration from St. Louis University. She recently completed the Teacher Colloquy Program at the Concordia University Education Network.
She served as principal and director of elementary education in the Bayless School District from 1986 to 1993 and continues to serve as adjunct professor of education at Lindenwood University.
Poore maintains membership in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Lutheran Educators Association. She participated in the Missouri State Leadership Academy and the St. Louis Principal's Academy.
She also is active in the community serving on the Metro South Arts Council and is a Stephen Minister at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church.
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church broke ground June 22 for a modern, state-of-the-art elementary school. Construction is ex-pected to be complete in March. Financing for the project was provided by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.
Once the new building is complete, the school will be renamed Abiding Savior Lutheran School to reflect its association with Abiding Savior Lutheran Church.
During construction, classes will be conducted in the existing building at 4474 Butler Hill Road. The new school will be home to children in preschool — ages 3 and 4 — through eighth grade.
Washington Lutheran School was founded in 1984 in the old Washington School.
The building was dedicated in 1932 as a four-room brick structure. The building, which underwent numerous additions, was purchased by the Missouri District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in 1983.
The property was sold in June to Out-look. The building will be torn down and an assisted living facility will be built.