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Worthington ready to pick up where predecessor left off

Joseph Worthington

Photo by Rick Nichols
Joseph Worthington is thrilled to be associated with Jefferson County North USD 339.

 

by Rick Nichols
The beat goes on at Jefferson County North High School, where longtime Principal Gary Bedigrew retired at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, leaving the USD 339 Board of Education with a big vacancy to fill. Fortunately, however, this key position on the administrative team has been filled with the hiring of Joseph Worthington, a man who knows a thing or two about the importance of both cadence and continuity through his many years of involvement with the Army National Guard Band of Kansas.
Monday, Worthington’s first official day on the job, found him busy working in his office trying to get better acquainted with both his new surroundings and new routines, but he wasn’t so busy he didn’t have time for an interview. “I’m very excited because I’ve been looking for this kind of an opportunity for a long time,” he told the paper. “I know I’m moving into a quality school. I’m expecting a great experience.”
Worthington comes to USD 339 from Atchison County Community Schools USD 377, where he was an elementary school music teacher and the secondary-level (i.e., grades 6-12) band director from the 2008-2009 school year through the 2014-2015 term. Prior to that he was the music director at Maur Hill-Mount Academy in Atchison for five years.
Worthington’s career in the field of education began in 1996, the year he became the music director for the Stafford school system. He held that post for five years, then moved on to Burlington High School, where he was the music director for two years. The job at MHMA followed his stay in the seat of Coffey County.
A native of El Dorado Springs, Mo., Worthington attended Fort Scott Christian Heights, graduating from the private high school in 1987.
Worthington received a degree in K-12 music education from Emporia State University in 1996. In 2008 he earned a master’s degree in building leadership at Benedictine College in Atchison.
A member of the Army National Guard since 1987, Worthington has been playing the trombone with the guard’s Kansas-based band for 21 years now. He said the unit regularly appears in concert at community events throughout the state and performs at official military functions (e.g., a change of command) as well.
Worthington is assigned to the 35th Infantry Division Band headquartered in Olathe. He said his first obligation as a member of the Army National Guard is to the band, his second to his duties as a maintenance chief.
Worthington and his wife, Alicia, have four children, Hailey, 18, Caden, 16, and twins Karson and Caleb, 11. The family has resided in the Cummings area since the 2003-2004 school year.
Hailey will be a freshman at Pittsburg State University this fall. She plans to take pre-med classes and will be participating in PSU’s Reserve Officers Training Corps program as well. Caden will be a sophomore at JCNHS and fully intends to go out for football. Karson and Caleb will be sixth-graders at Jefferson County North Middle School.
Mrs. Worthington is now a fourth-grade teacher at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School near Easton. She had been an instructor at the middle school there.
Away from work, Worthington enjoys playing baseball with his boys and following the “boys in blue” as they defend their American League championship and try to win the world championship they almost won a year ago. “I love my Kansas City Royals,” he remarked.
The first-year principal said he has been a fan of the team since 1974.

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