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TC Cherry Principal Kory Twyman Announces Plans to Retire

Kory Twyman

T. C. Cherry Elementary School Principal Kory Twyman has announced plans to retire at the end of the school year. The announcement was made at a school faculty meeting on Wednesday afternoon, January 24, 2024.

Kory Twyman began his career as a student teacher in 1994 at Bowling Green Junior High, and was hired as a full-time teacher at Richardsville Elementary School later that fall. After seven years of teaching, Twyman was named Principal of Richardsville Elementary in 2001 and remained in that role for nine years.  In July 2010, Twyman was named Principal of T. C. Cherry where he has served the last thirteen of his twenty-nine year career. 

Twyman says, “Starting my career at Bowling Green Junior High School and ending at T. C. Cherry, both in the Bowling Green Independent School District are great bookends. Beyond my work family, my wife Christy is a 1993 Bowling Green High School graduate, my son Conner is a 2020 BGHS graduate, my daughter Makenna is a 2021 BGHS graduate, and my father-in-law taught in the District for 32 years.”

Twyman continues, “Throughout my career, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many wonderful children and their families. I’ve been surrounded by colleagues focused on helping students, and had tremendous support from the Central Office and Board of Education. The decision to retire is very difficult, however, I’m excited for the next phase of my life.”

As Twyman reflected on his years as Principal at T. C. Cherry, he noted a few significant memories. One of the highlights was working toward and achieving Lighthouse Status in 2018, with the school recognized for outstanding student outcomes implementing The Leader in Me. The process to achieve this designation was completed over a number of years, but the work culminated with the celebration of this designation.   

Additional memories Twyman shared reflected the community’s outpouring of support through the COVID-19 pandemic and December 2021 tornadoes. The neighborhood around T. C. Cherry was in the path of the 2021 tornadoes and many students and their families were displaced either temporarily or even permanently. T. C. Cherry Elementary and its staff became a significant resource to families throughout those difficult times.  

Twyman says, “I have been very fortunate to spend my entire career in a community that values education and goes above and beyond to assist schools and most importantly our students.”

T. C. Cherry Elementary School in the Bowling Green Independent School District serves approximately 425 students in preschool through 5th grades. Superintendent Gary Fields will meet soon with members of the T. C. Cherry Site-Based Decision Making Council to develop detailed plans for hiring the next principal. 

The job opening will be posted to the district’s website on Thursday, February 1st, the first day school districts may advertise positions for the 2024-2025 school year. The goal is to have a new leader for the school selected by Spring Break, March 29, 2024.