The Villages - August 2018 - 24

Vice Principal,
The Villages High School

Q. Did you have a favorite teacher who inspired you?
A. The band director - he ended up being more like a father
figure to me. We still exchange Christmas cards and stay in
touch after all these years. His wife also taught me piano
lessons. It's funny because he was very close in age to my
parents, but of course I didn't realize it then. He was good at
keeping me in line.
Q. What made you decide to pursue a career in
education?
A. In those days, women went into education or nursing, so
the school I went to had a nurses club and a future teachers
club. I joined both, but I preferred the teaching. I had two
aunts who were nurses, but it just wasn't my thing. I got to
direct the junior high band, and that was my thing. I went on
to major in math in college. But I had more hours in music.
Q. Where are you from and how did you end up in
The Villages?
A. We were living in New Hampshire and I was playing in
the Amherst Town Band when I found out the director and
her husband were retiring and moving to The Villages. Since
my parents lived in Tampa, we decided to check out the area
on one of our visits. We liked what we saw and moved here
in 2007. Like a typical Villager, I've moved to several
different villages, but now we're in the Village of Hadley.
Q. What does a good day look like for you?
A. I put in long hours, and some of that is my doing because
I'm a perfectionist. But when I came here, we had a little
over 400 students and now we have 900. So we have grown
over time, and I feel the difference. I came from a school
that had 2,300 students, but we didn't have the dual
enrollment programs.

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Q. How would you describe a typical day?
A. Lots of interruptions and questions from teachers -
I do the master scheduling, monitor the attendance, do
the state reports and keep track of the data within the
school. I do a lot for the dual enrollment program. There
are forms that need to be signed for each of the students,
and I help monitor their schedules and make sure they
have what they need for the program. Dual enrollment is
a great opportunity for students. My grandson graduated
with his associate degree in 2016, and my granddaughter
Shelby is going to be a senior. It will be the last year here
for both of us, so you might say she and I are going to
graduate together.
Q. Although you are the educator, is there anything
you have learned from your students?
A. I think the important thing is to look at each child
individually. For some students, it's fine to jump into
the dual enrollment programs, and other kids need to
take it slowly. It depends upon their needs, and I think
that's the main thing - whether they're going into AP
or one of our academies. We have to ask what interests
them and what can they take away from it and use later?
If they're in culinary classes, they may not end up being
chefs, but maybe they can work together and learn to
manage a restaurant or be one of the workers and get
along with co-workers. Those are the skills you take into
the workplace.
Q. What do you like to do outside of school?
A. Much of my life revolves around music. I'm a part
of The Villages Wind Ensemble, The Villages Concert Band
and the Sunshine Strollers. I also play in a band outside
of The Villages and every Sunday in a church orchestra.
It's something I enjoy doing and it's my excuse to leave.
But my husband, Ted, is also involved, so we get to play
together a lot.



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