Meet Our Admin Team
Kelley F. Ransdell, Superintendent
Dr. Kelley Fern Ransdell assumed the role of superintendent of the Anchorage Independent School District on July 1, 2013, and loves being a part of such a vibrant, supportive, and committed school community.
As Superintendent, Kelley is dedicated to the students and Anchorage School Community and is focused on supporting a positive school community culture, design-thinking initiatives, deeper student learning, and students’ social/emotional development.
Previously she served four years as Director of Middle Schools for Fayette County Public Schools and before that, seven years as the Superintendent of Fleming County Schools. Kelley also has experience in public education as a high school teacher, network administrator, federal programs coordinator, and finance officer. Over her career, she has served in several leadership positions, including as president of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association Board of Control (2010-2011) and as the first female president of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents in 2009. She additionally served as the first female chairperson of the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC) Board of Directors in 2007, as a member of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative from 2019 to 2021.
Kelley is a graduate of Morehead State University, where she received both her BS in Secondary Education/Mathematics and MA in Secondary Education. She completed her Instructional Supervisor Certification in 1995 and her Superintendent Certification in 1997, both at Morehead State University, and received an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University in 2017.
Outside of work, Kelley enjoys spending time with her family, training her young reining horse, Amarilla on Ice, and learning new skills, from Krav Maga to metal finishing.
Andrew Terry, Principal
Andrew Terry began his tenure at Anchorage Public School in 2016 and has never looked back. The role of the principal at APS has been a crowning achievement as Anchorage is not only one of the top-performing schools in the state but is an incredible community with great students and parental support.
Andrew is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's in education. He received his principal certification from the University Indiana Southeast. His passion for teaching began when he worked with inner-city elementary students in Lexington teaching Spanish to students in a summer bridge program. He then taught Spanish at both the middle school and the high school, where he started both Spanish programs.
Andrew loves to volunteer his time with church youth groups, coaching basketball and coaching soccer which he has done for over 20 years. However, his biggest passion is his family, as he is married and has four children.
Kelly Haile, Assistant Principal
Our assistant principal, Kelly Haile, began her career in 1991 as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher. Before putting down an anchor at Anchorage Public School, she wore many hats - middle school English/Language Arts teacher, resource teacher, instructional coach, building assessment coordinator, special programs coordinator, and assistant principal - working with the students and staff of Henderson County Schools and Jefferson County Public Schools. Joining the team at Anchorage in 2019 and becoming a part of the rich history of this school district is more than a job to Kelly - it is an honor.
Kelly has found Anchorage students to be enthusiastic learners, their parents to be deeply invested in their children’s education, and the Anchorage community to be welcoming and generous. Collaborating with the exemplary teachers, support staff, and leadership team at Anchorage makes this “job” a JOY for her.
Kelly is married to her high school sweetheart and has two sons; this family is her greatest blessing. She enjoys spending time with friends, attending sporting events, reading books, listening to podcasts, and exploring - near and far. Adventures are consistently recorded with a camera or journal. It is highly unlikely to catch Kelly without a pen and paper nearby … ready to make a list or plan of action!