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Dr. Adam Hicks Named Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Dr. Adam Hicks Named Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment


On Monday, April 11th, Dr. Adam Hicks was named the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. This position is currently held by Ms. Susan Dugle, under the title of Chief Academic Officer, who will retire this year.


Dr. Adam Hicks began his career in Shelby County Public Schools in 2010 as an English Teacher for Shelby County High School. He taught every level of English including AP Literature, hosted the Thinking Strategies lab and model classrooms, and demonstrated his teacher leadership skills as a KTIP mentor teacher, serving on the SBDM Council and Principal Selection Committees as well as the district’s Budget Committee and Certified Staff Advisory Council. With strong leadership abilities, Dr. Hicks worked with the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation and the National Math and Science Initiative, which assisted in creating and implementing curriculum, leadership plans, and instructional materials that align with state and national standards as well as with research-based practices. A strong advocate for high-quality instruction for students of all incomes and cultural backgrounds, Dr. Hicks, organized and planned Saturday Study Sessions for over fifteen hundred Advanced Placement students and teachers across Kentucky. 


With his strong leadership skills, Dr. Hicks was named Assistant Principal of Simpsonville Elementary in 2015, and in 2018 moved into the position of Principal where he established and encouraged a culture of positive relationships with students, staff, and community members. His leadership brought about Kentucky Impact scores which were in the national top tenth percentile. 


In 2021, he moved to the position of Director of Curriculum and Assessment for Shelby County Public Schools. In this position, he has led district instructional coaches, teachers, and principals in curricular refinement, created and managed a district digital data dashboard, streamlined the district’s student achievement data analysis, and reorganized and refined District Professional Learning Communities. Moreover, he served as the Chair of the Shelby County Education Foundation and has led the transition to a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Finally, Dr. Hicks led the district in writing and receiving grants totaling over $100,000 from the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the National Writing Project. 


As a Shelby County Resident and a Shelby County Public Schools parent, Dr. Hicks is ready and eager to give back to his community. Dr. Hicks said, “As the superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, I hope to build upon the strong instructional foundation that exists in SCPS. Our teachers, students, and administrators are instructional leaders across the state, and I am excited about supporting the inspirational work that they all take on.”