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Strader Named HCDT Principal

Lonnie Strader has been selected as principal of Hopkins County Day Treatment.

Strader, who has a 17-year career in education, has been a teacher at HCDT for the past year. He previously was a teacher, Earlington Elementary School principal, district director of elementary instruction and Title 1, and director of transportation. He has also served as pastor of two churches.

“I'm extremely blessed to be able to work in this great district as an administrator once again,” Strader said. “I look forward to working in partnership with families, the community and the Department of Juvenile Justice system (DJJ). Hopkins County Day Treatment is a place for students needing assistance and direction in the decision-making process. The HCDT team is dedicated to creating an educational environment and caring atmosphere where students can gain life skills and become successful.” 

He earned an associate’s degree from Madisonville Community College, a bachelor’s degree in political science and K-5 education and a master’s degree in administration, both from Western Kentucky University.

“It has been a pleasure working with Lonnie Strader throughout his career with Hopkins County Schools,” said Hopkins County Superintendent Deanna Ashby. “I believe Mr. Strader is passionate about his mission field with the students at Day Treatment. During his interview, he shared many ideas of ways to continue to build on the progress demonstrated this past year. He embraces our mission to help the students learn and be inspired.”