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From the Dean

    10.26.17 | Stories by Jill Wittekiend

    In May of this last school year, I retired from public education after thirty-one years of service.  I began my career teaching sixth grade in Midland, and after 4 years, I stopped teaching to have my children. 

    When they were young, I became a Pre-School director at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  This was a great experience because I got to start the school, hire the teachers, and recruit parents and students.  The school was a great community outreach and grew to be very successful.  I was there for 6 years. 

    When my youngest began kindergarten, I went back to public school and taught fourth grade for ten years.  I had a wonderful Principal who mentored me as I began to think about getting into administration.  I received my Master’s degree in Educational Administration and became an Assistant Principal at an elementary school in Midland.  This was a great experience for me.  After one year, I was hired as the Principal at Lamar Elementary and enjoyed five years in that position. 

    My husband and I always wanted to move to the Hill Country to be closer to his family.  In 2006, I became the Principal of RJ Richey Elementary and was there for eleven years.  This was a 3rd, 4th and 5th grade campus of approximately 550 students.  It was the hardest job ever, but also very rewarding.

    Last year, when I decided to retire, I knew I was not finished working in education, but I didn’t quite know where God would lead me.  He brought me to this amazing place, Sterling Classical School. 

    I love working with students and teachers in such a positive learning environment.  The parent support is just amazing, and I look forward to many years of growing with the Sterling family.

    Jill Wittekiend, Dean of Students and Faculty