Allison Coomes will be the guest of honor at a reception honoring the retiring principal of Tamarack Elementary School. The reception is open to friends, family, current and former co-workers from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the TES media center. The school is located at 1733 Tamarack Road.
Coomes is retiring after 27 years of service to the students, staff, and families of Tamarack Elementary School. She began her career as an elementary teacher at Tamarack in 1989 and taught for 14 years before being selected as principal in 2004.
During her early years as a teacher, Coomes was deeply involved in the Daviess County Public Schools district’s pilot program of the ungraded primary, mandated by the Kentucky Reform Act. She conducted numerous professional development workshops throughout the state, assisting other educators in the success of the primary classroom. Coomes was an active member of the Site-Based Decision Making Council at TES and served on several leadership committees throughout the DCPS district.
Under her leadership as principal, Tamarack has grown and flourished as a Proficient Progressing school in the Unbridled Learning accountability system, while also nurturing and maintaining the traditions and positive culture that have been part of the Tamarack heritage for many years.
Coomes earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Murray State University and completed her master’s degree at Western Kentucky University, where she also earned her Rank I in administration. She also completed her Superintendent Certification at MSU.
She and her husband Greg have two children, John “Caleb” and Jordan Coomes.
“I am proud and grateful to have been part of an incredible school and school district,” Coomes said. “It is rare that someone gets to start her career as a teacher and finish as a principal in the same school. The Tamarack family has been a huge part of my life, and I feel blessed to have worked alongside so many inspirational professionals. I have loved coming to school each day!”
For those unable to attend the retirement reception, messages of appreciation may be sent to Coomes at [email protected]