From the Dean
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