Over the years, the enthusiastic woman has added experience as a grant writer, English/language arts curriculum coordinator and grade level team leader. She also has been a workshop presenter on two topics, literacy stations and differentiated instruction.
When not at school, Haunert enjoys two favorite pastimes. Besides being an avid reader, she reveals, “My family (husband Steve, a Decatur County farmer; Jack, 12; and Audrey, 10) and I love to camp at nearby state parks.”
Now the educator is looking at the bigger picture. “As a classroom teacher, I had a direct impact on my students. As a principal, I am able to support and positively impact all students, teachers and staff at BPS. I can’t wait to see all the great things happening in our classrooms!”
The transition from instructor to administrator has been easier for this insider than someone new to the district. “I am lucky to have been part of BCSC, so I feel like I’ve been able to hit the ground running with many things. I would say the most immediate challenge is making sure things are up and running for the start of school quickly approaching.”
Once her hiring became public, the new principal reports, “I am humbled at the outpouring of support from students, teachers and the community.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.