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Matt Noblin Takes the Helm at Sandersville Elementary

Matt Noblin Takes the Helm at Sandersville Elementary


Matt Noblin in a dark blue patterned jacked and yellow tie

The new principal at Sandersville Elementary School will be a familiar face for students, staff, and families. Matt Noblin, who has served as assistant principal at the school since 2017, has been selected to assume the role of principal on July 1.

Noblin has been a part of the Sandersville community since before the school was even under construction. He started his career in 2006 as a fifth grade teacher at what was then called Linlee Elementary. To accommodate the growth in the adjacent Masterson Station area, construction on a larger school to replace Linlee began in the spring of 2007. When the building – renamed Sandersville Elementary – opened in August 2008, Noblin was part of the inaugural staff. In 2015, Noblin became the school’s STEM Lab teacher before moving into administration two years later.

“Serving as the assistant principal for seven years, Matt has learned what it takes to create an environment where all students can learn at high levels and have opportunities to find their passion through extracurricular activities,” said Superintendent Demetrus Liggins. “As principal, he will continue to focus on ensuring that Sandersville produces academically, socially, and emotionally prepared students.”

As assistant principal, Noblin played a crucial role in developing and leading several academic and behavioral initiatives designed to maintain and meet high expectations for students, including standards-based grading, the Shark Scholars after-school program, systemic implementation of teacher clarity, and enhancements to the professional learning community model. During his tenure, Sandersville was recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as a “best practice winner” that other schools across the state should look to for examples of excellence. 

“Matt is dedicated to the students, family, and staff at Sandersville,” said Chief Elementary School Leadership Officer Tiffany Marshall, who oversees Sandersville. “He is an instructional leader committed to the continuous improvement of the school.”

Noblin holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky, a master’s in School Counseling and his Rank I from Eastern Kentucky University, and his principal certification and education specialist’s degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands.