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The Principal

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Eric Thornsbury

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Eric Thornsbury took the reins at Winburn Middle School in July 2024 with more than 20 years of experience in education and service to Fayette County Public Schools. Previously, he was principal of Tates Creek Middle School (TCMS) for 12 years. There, he facilitated the implementation of Kentucky’s first International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.

Thornsbury began his career with FCPS in 2002 as a special education and social studies teacher at TCMS before moving into the role of dean of students at Lexington Traditional Magnet School (LTMS) in 2007. He led in various roles at LTMS, including athletics director and special education chair. In 2008 he returned to TCMS as an associate principal before becoming principal in 2012.

Thornsbury holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in instructional leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.