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A study of how specific principal behaviors affect teacher and student performance


Dissertation Defense
Significant Quotes
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Conceptual Framework
Literature Review
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Dr Brennon Sapp grew up in Leitchfield, a small town in South Central Kentucky. He earned a bachelor's degree in both math and chemistry from Western Kentucky University. Upon graduation, he began teaching at his own alma mater in Grayson County, the county's only high school. He stayed there for nine years, serving as science department chair for seven years. During this time, Dr Sapp also earned a master's degree in math and education from WKU.

In 1996, Dr Sapp developed Kentucky's first high school course in forensic science. The course evolved over many years, growing from a half-credit introductory survey, to a full-year upper-level class. Student enrollment in the course was unprecedented.  The resources and materials developed for this course were published in 2004 by EOA Scientific and again in 2011 by Idaho Virtual Learning.

From fall 2003 until the spring 2005, Dr Sapp enjoyed teaching at North Oldham High School in Goshen, Kentucky.  He served as science department chair while teaching Forensic Science, Chemistry, and Astronomy.  Additionally, he developed/taught a senior project class and jointly instituted "May Term" under the umbrella of the Vanguard initiative.

Dr Sapp served as the Instructional Coach at Carroll County High School in Carrollton, Kentucky during the 2005-2006 school year.  It was during this time that he received his Certification in Administrative Leadership.

From the fall of 2006 through the spring of 2009. Dr Sapp enjoyed working at Dixie Heights High School in Northern Kentucky as an assistant principal  Kenton County, the most progressive school system in Northern Kentucky, is moving toward schools of study.

Dr Sapp completed his educational doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Louisville in the May of 2010 while working as the Director of Secondary Education in Kenton County..

Dr Sapp is currently working as the Principal of Scott High School in Kenton County.. 


Dr Kim Banta was born and raised in Indianapolis Indiana.  She graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Psychology and History.  She then moved to Northern Kentucky with her husband and taught for Simon Kenton High School.  Dr Banta obtained her Rank I in administration from Xavier University.  She then became an Assistant Principal at Dixie Heights High School for five years and has served as the head principal for the last seven.


Dr Banta is a recipient of the 2006 Northern Kentucky Outstanding Woman award as well as an A.D.Albright Award for outstanding administration in 2006.  Dr Banta is the mother of twin boys and a daughter.  Her boys enjoy experimenting in "myth buster" style around the house, while her daughter recently participated in the exclusive Oklahoma City Musical Theater program that accepts only forty-six students nationally.


Dr Banta completed her Ed.D at the University of Louisville while completing her tenth year as the principal of Dixie Heights High School. Dr Banta is currently working as an Assistant Superintendant in charge of personnel in Kenton County, which she loves.






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 This research project is sponsored by the University of Louisville, The Kenton County School District, & the head research (Kim Banta/Brennon Sapp)
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Last updated: 07/09/10.