Alissa Richards selected as Principal for Mahaffey MS

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FORT CAMPBELL, KENTUCKY — February 14, 2022 — Joshua Adams, the Department of Defense Education Activity Kentucky community superintendent, announces Alissa Richards as the new principal for Mahaffey Middle School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Richards will assume her duties on March 14.

“Dr. Richards has 20 years of experience as an educator – including working as an elementary teacher and school leader,” said Adams. “She joins us from Sembach, Germany, where she worked for DoDEA’s Center for Instructional Leadership. We are excited to have her back in Kentucky!”

About Alissa Richards

With eight years of elementary teaching experience, Richards joined DoDEA in 2010 as an instructional system specialist at Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. She began her administrative career in 2012 in Waterloo, Iowa. While there, she was awarded the Patriotic Leadership award for outstanding support to the military community, as well as the Global Leadership Award from her staff for positive culture and growth.  

Richards returned to Kentucky in 2017 to lead Oldham County Middle School, which is near Louisville, Kentucky. She received a Project Lead The Way grant, funded by Toyota USA Foundation, which allowed three STEM pathways to be introduced and connected to the local high school so that students could continue their science, technology, engineering and math passions.

In 2020, Richards continued her educational leadership with DoDEA’s Center for Instructional Leadership in Sembach, Germany. She enjoyed being stationed in Germany, supporting the East District administration community, as it focused on DoDEA’s Blueprint priorities. It is with the same passion that Richards returns to Kentucky as the Principal of Mahaffey Middle School where she is eager and excited to serve the families and community of Fort Campbell.  

Richards earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and art from Montana State University, a master’s in reading and literacy, also from Montana State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Liberty University. 

Richards hails from Wyoming and comes from a long line of veterans including both grandfathers, her father, husband and daughter. Together with her husband, they have a blended family of seven children and look forward to settling in the Fort Campbell area. She enjoys sports, traveling and hiking with her children.