Archive for Thursday, July 20, 2006

District names Proffitt EMS principal

July 20, 2006

For Rich Proffitt, his new job as Eudora Middle School principal offered him a chance to stay home.

"I've worked in the district for four years, and I'm very excited in being able to get this position because my family and I really wanted to stay here in Eudora," Proffitt said.

Although his tenure as principal officially begins Aug. 1, Proffitt has already been spending time in the Eudora Middle School office helping to acclimate new teachers to the district and prepare for his new position.

Proffitt took over when former Eudora West School principal employee Rod Moyer resigned from the district earlier in the summer after being appointed to the middle school job.

"It just so happens it worked out that we could stay here, so we're very happy," Proffitt said.

Both Moyer's resignation and Proffitt's hiring were made official at the July 13 USD 491 Board of Education meeting.

Proffitt has been a teacher in the district for four years and has been teaching for a total of 16 years.

"I'm starting my 17th year in education," Proffitt said.

His new job will be familiar ---- he helped run the school last year when then principal Don Grosdidier was unavailable ---- but will call for new skills.

"It'll be just like any other administrator. There's going to be a lot of curriculum-type work, working closely with the teachers making sure they're all on the same page and focused in on the direction the curriculum needs to go," Proffitt said.

The new job will also require he accept a greater public relations role, Proffitt said.

"I'm looking forward to being able to work with community members and businesses so we can open the lines of communication between the schools and the community," Proffitt said.

For the most part, Proffitt anticipates a smooth transition.

"I think it will be a pretty smooth transition, because I've been teaching in the building. I've already built relationships with the other teachers, and I'm very up-to-date on things that are happening in the school," he said. "It's not like I'm coming in fresh and have to learn things over again -- kind of reinventing the wheel so to speak ---- so I think it will be smooth."Proffitt did foresee one challenge.

"I think the most challenging aspect is that there are so many facets to this position, and being a good manager of time will probably be the most challenging aspect ---- making sure I'm giving ample time to all the different things I'm going to need to deal with and make sure they're getting done well."

Proffitt will miss the day-to-day contact with the students, he said.

"I've already seen a lot of students over the summer and over the course of the last few days," he said. "They have heard the news and they have been excited about it."

Although he will have a new position and a new office, Proffitt still sees himself as a teacher.

"The most valuable lesson I can teach the students right now is to help them become as active as they possibly can so they can find avenues to be successful and find things they really enjoy," he said. "We can start pointing them in the directions they want to go further in life."

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