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Just about everyone knows someone who has been bullied, in ways big and small. Understandably, though, many victims are reluctant to speak about their experiences. We found some who aren't.
As told to JACKIE LAWSON, Gaither High
A 1991 Gaither High graduate celebrates her first graduating class as principal of the school.
My years at Gaither were filled with lots of activities. I was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, and I was in the DECA club, which is a fashion marketing club. Also, I was involved with the first co-ed service club at Gaither — Interact. The first couple of years, I participated in school sports, but then I got a job working at Marshall’s, which led me to be a part of the OJT (On-the-Job Training) program at the school.
When I graduated college, I started (teaching) at Jefferson High until 2001. Because of the seniority rule, I was to be transferred to another school. Gaither’s current principal Ken Adum hired me as a special education teacher. I was very excited to be working at Gaither. The saying goes, ‘‘once a cowboy, always a cowboy.’’ I later became the student intervention specialist. Then in ’04, I was transferred to Middleton to work as an assistant principal. In the summer of 2009, I received news that I would become Gaither’s new principal. This year is my first true graduating class as a principal.
Becoming a principal at the school I went to and taught at gave me a huge advantage. I knew (more than) 80 percent of the staff from the many years I spent with them. I was part of the community. I knew the feeder patterns, rules and regulations. It definitely helped with the transition from assistant principal to principal. But I still have lots to learn.
At Gaither, I learn something new every day.