Metcalf Elementary Faculty college students will be seeing a common facial area driving the principal’s desk Wednesday, but it won’t be Jennifer Morales’.
Assistant Principal Chelsea Adams will be using in excess of as principal now that Morales has been tapped to acquire about Superintendent David Woodall’s job when he retires in June 2022.
Adams joined the Morenci Unified Faculty District 11 a long time in the past right after investing a 12 months instructing kindergarten in the Vail college district south of Tucson. The Morenci native, who has a doctorate’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, grew to become the assistant principal at Metcalf in 2014.
She considers Morales one particular of her major mentors and is fired up about getting on the new position.
“We have a custom of excellence listed here at Metcalf and I want to continue that,” she claimed.
It is critical to her that Metcalf dad and mom and students sense as while they are aspect of a family and that they receive an “extraordinary mastering practical experience,” Adams stated.
Perhaps not amazingly, 1 of her other mentors is Woodall, who just transpires to be her father and one particular of Morales’ mentors.
Previously this yr, Morales praised Woodall’s assortment as just one of Greenlee County’s Tremendous Heroes.
“He values associations and he has a passion for training and to make a distinction in the life of not only his students, but his staff as nicely,” Morales explained. “He just has a real really like for Morenci College District. I could go on and on and on. I’m blessed to work with him.”
Adams said that though Morales will surely be missed, she doesn’t imagine the little ones will expertise any distress in the course of the transition. She and Morales shared numerous duties so the pupils ended up employed to viewing her in lecture rooms and all more than the college.
Woodall said he preferred to give Morales, who has been with the district 25 years, the exact alternatives he had when he transitioned from assistant superintendent to superintendent a lot of years ago. While the situation hasn’t existed in awhile, he developed it once more to give her “an opportunity to perform at the district level.”
“I want to make confident the district is in very excellent arms and we’ll perform at a fantastic transition,” Woodall mentioned.
In addition, thanks to pandemic financial reduction resources, the district has a whole lot of tasks planned for the future 12 months and it’ll be wonderful getting further support, Woodall mentioned. The assignments include a good deal of portray and other “fix ups,” in addition remediation, intercession and right after-school systems, he stated.
Woodall has been with the district a complete of 35 many years.
Fairbanks Center Faculty also has a new principal this yr, Kelly Hadden, who has spent the final 16 decades in the Vail university district. Around at Morenci Higher, Leo Garcia, who retired from Las Cruces Superior College as an assistant principal, has taken about as assistant principal and athletic director.