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The Principal

Meet the Principal


Phone: (859) 381-3403


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, University of Kentucky Master’s degree in educational leadership, UK

Ben VanderHorst

Ben VanderHorst took the helm at Glendover in July 2021 with 11 years of experience in education, having served most recently as the professional growth and effectiveness coach at Garden Springs Elementary since 2016. Before entering administration, he taught for six years at Arlington Elementary. VanderHorst also brings management experience from the private sector, having worked as a pool manager and regional manager with Professional Pool Management of Kentucky. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Kentucky.

“Mr. VanderHorst is a servant leader who keeps students at the center of all things,” said Elementary Schools Chief Lisa Smith. “He brings to this job great enthusiasm, prior leadership experience, and an eagerness to meet the faculty, staff, students, and families. He will be an excellent addition to the Glendover school community.”