Daily Mountain Eagle
OAKMAN -- Nancy Shepherd, who has been counselor at Oakman High School for more than 5 years, is now Oakman Middle School's first assistant principal.
Principal Dr. Dennis Willingham said the school added the position of assistant principal due to increased enrollment.
Shepherd, who has worked with children as a guidance counselor at Cordova Elementary in the past, said she looks forward to working with younger children again. However, she will deeply miss working with students at Oakman High School.
"I love my students at OHS . . . It was a very difficult decision," Shepherd said.
Shepherd has been welcomed by the faculty at Oakman Middle, and while she says her first objective is to work closely with Willingham on school related issues, she wants to have a solid rapport with the students.
"I think the quicker I get to know them, the better I will be able to help them," she said.
Shepherd said she loves the layout of the new building, and is glad that the safety of the students was a top priority in the design process.
Even though Shepherd has spent many years as a counselor and will be stepping into a role that will require more discipline, she feels that all teachers, including herself, counsel to an extent.
"I think in every realm of education we're all counselors," she said.