In her first year as an administrator and her ninth year in education, Holly Wilson of Sacred Heart Schools is grateful for many things, especially the opportunity to work with students in a new capacity.
“It feels so good to be back to the kids,” Wilson said early Wednesday morning after she had spent much of her school day personally welcoming every student she encountered as the entered the building. “It’s nice to hear them back in the hallways and all the red looks so good.”
Wilson, who taught at Sacred Heart last year, has been hired by the district as assistant principal.
“We are so grateful to have Holly here full time in her new job,” Principal Dr. Gary Manning said. “It is a huge benefit to the entire district.
“Holly is just a real go-getter,” Manning added. “We offered her the position in March and even though she did not officially begin her new position until July 1, she started from the first day she knew she had the job putting in hours of work to get ready.”
Wilson will work with curriculum development and professional development as well as student discipline and supervision.
“I love curriculum,” Wilson said. “When Dr. Manning told the staff about the position I thought to myself, ‘this is where I want to be and what I want to do.’”
Wilson said she did not foresee any discipline problems, as she taught at SHS last year.
“The biggest problem I think I will have with discipline is going to be cell phones,” Wilson said. “It’s really the only one I had when I taught here.”
With three young children who attend SHS, kindergartner Ryan, preschooler Bailey, and Conner, who is in daycare, it may seem that supervision would be a concern for Wilson.
“Everyone here is so supportive,” Wilson said. “My daughter always talks about how she is running into the big girls in the high school and how they are always nice to her.
“The family environment here is amazing,” Wilson added. “It’s so nice to be a part of a district that truly cares about each other.”
Wilson said one of the reasons she went into administration were the role models she had in the past.
“Bill Smart in Cole Camp has been such a role model,” Wilson said. “I saw him the other day at an administrators meeting and he had a big smile and a hug for me. That meant a lot.”
Wilson also said Dr. Manning had been extremely helpful in her transition from teacher to administrator.
“We have a great support system here,” Wilson said. “Everyone has done so much to help me feel comfortable and get me ready for this. I know if I need anything, they are just a phone call away.
“I’m really looking forward to making an impact here,” Wilson added. “I think all of the staff here loves the students like they were our own. The other night at open house, a freshman came up, gave me a big hug, and told me they were happy to see me. I don’t know many places that would happen. This really is an amazing place to be.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.