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Jefferson City School District announces Houf will be new CCHS principal

Beth Houf
Jefferson City School District
Beth Houf


The Jefferson City School District announced in a Thursday press release that Beth Houf will be the next principal of Capital City High School.

Houf previously was the principal at Fulton Middle School principal and was named the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ National Principal of the Year in 2022.

She will succeed Ben Meldrum, who is becoming the superintendent of Blair Oaks R-II School District. Meldrum was with JC schools for more than more than 20 years as a teacher and administrator, according to a press release.

“I am thrilled to join the JC Schools team and lead CCHS as its head principal,” Houf said in the press release. “My mantra is: culture comes first, next, always. As a building leader I have always been passionate about fostering a sense of community at my schools, and I am very much looking forward to joining the team at Capital City High School.”

Houf’s career in education started at Jefferson City schools, when she was a fifth-grade teacher at Belair Elementary in 2000. She also taught at Southwest Elementary School in Jefferson City from 2001-02 and Bartley Elementary School in Fulton from 2002-07 as a fourth-grade eMINTS teacher. eMINTS is an interactive and research-based professional development program for teachers, according to the press release.

Houf has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and education specialist degree from the University of Missouri. She is pursuing a doctorate in education at MU. She and her husband Todd have two sons.

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