Former GCHS teacher named local ATC principal
Josh Heisner has been hired as the new principal of the Mayfield/Graves County Area Technology Center (ATC). Heisner replaces Mike Miller, who is currently an administrative consultant with Kentucky’s Division of Technical Schools and Continuous Improvement Office of Career and Technical Education.
The Mayfield/Graves County ATC, located in Mayfield High School, functions to teach students trade and technical skills in areas such as Office Technology, Health Science, Carpentry, Electricity, Machine Tool and Welding. The ATC educates students from Mayfield, Graves County and Carlisle County.
Heisner comes to the Mayfield/Graves County ATC from South Livingston Elementary School, where he had started this third year as assistant principal. He had previously served as the Media Arts teacher and GCTV advisor at Graves County High School from 2013 until 2020. He also served as the chair of the Practical Living and Career Studies Department for the 2019-20 school year.
Heisner said the time he spent at GCHS preparing students for college and careers sparked a passion within him for Career and Technical Education (CTE).
“I am enjoying working with the incredible staff at the ATC to see what we can do to increase workplace learning opportunities for our students and promote the advantages our programs can give students if they’re willing to apply themselves,” he said.
Heisner earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin and worked for eight years as a newscast producer at WPSD Local 6 in Paducah before entering the education field. He has since earned associate’s and master’s degrees in Career and Technical Education and administrative certification from Murray State University and continues to study Education Administration. He is also a Google Certified Educator and a Crisis Prevention Institute Certified Instructor.
Originally from Metropolis, Illinois, Heisner now resides in Symsonia with his wife, Andrea, and sons Owen (12) and Kellen (7). His sons attend Symsonia Elementary, while his wife is also heavily involved in CTE as a Health Science teacher and HOSA/Future Health Professionals advisor at McCracken County High School.