Mayfield Independent Schools has announced Antonio Sherrill as the next principal of Mayfield Middle School.

Sherrill, who was previously an assistant principal at the school since 2019, is the first African American in that role at MMS.

“I count it a joy and privilege to continue to serve the Mayfield Independent School District as the first black principal of Mayfield Middle School,” Sherrill said. “My mission is to help enhance the learning environment and culture that’s already in place, working alongside staff, parents and community members to enforce equitable practices to help close achievement gaps while focusing on creating lifelong learners and productive citizens.”

Sherrill graduated from Mayfield High School in 2005 in the top 10 of his class. He said as a former student of the district’s schools, he is “overwhelming” excited to work in this role.

“I am the success story of so many both retired and currently working educators, community members, mentors, and family who have poured into me,” he said. “I believe it’s not where they come from, it’s where we believe we can take them. It’s going to be a great year!”

Sherrill has spent his entire teaching career in the Mayfield Independent School system. After earning his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Murray State University in 2009, he began teaching fifth grade at Mayfield Elementary School. He has since obtained his master’s degree in Teacher Leadership and Rank I in Education Administration.

He is filling the position left vacant following the move of current MMS Principal Kelly Stinson to the position of director of pupil personnel for Mayfield Independent Schools.

Sherrill and his wife, Christen, have a daughter, Ariel, and a son, Ashton. He also serves as the assistant minister of Second Christian Church of Mayfield.