Curtis Gladden named Southwest Jr. High Principal

Curtis Gladden has been named as the principal at Southwest Junior High.

"I would like to thank Dr. Cleveland and the district team for this tremendous opportunity. I am very honored to be chosen to lead Southwest Junior High School. Springdale School District has been my home for 20 years of my career and I am excited for this new adventure."

Gladden is replacing Cissy Lindley, who took a position as Lead Admin Instructional Specialist for the Springdale School District. Gladden will begin his new role July 1.

Gladden is an Arkansas native and received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Arkansas. He then went on to complete his specialist at Arkansas State University and Doctorate from Arkansas Tech. He started his career as a science teacher and coach and has spent the last 11 years in leadership roles at Mountain Home High school, Central Junior High, Springdale High and most recently as assistant principal at Har-Ber High school.

Curtis is married and has two children who attend Springdale Schools.

Dr. Jared Cleveland, district superintendent, said that Dr. Gladden is a seasoned administrator that is well positioned to continue the great tradition of excellence at Southwest

"He understands the standard of excellence expected in our district due to having served in multiple schools as a teacher and administrator," said Dr. Jared Cleveland, district superintendent.

"Dr. Gladden and the Southwest administration/faculty are poised for continued student academic growth while transitioning to the new facility over the next two academic years."