Sunday, July 21, 2024

Tabatha Mires named superintendent of Manson School District

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MANSON - Former Waterville School District  Superintendent, Tabatha Mires, was sworn in as Manson School District’s new superintendent on Tuesday, June 27, after 27 years of service to Waterville.

First desiring a career as a diplomat, Mires began her higher education in economics and international relations courses. Upon marrying, however, her goals shifted, and she chose to complete her B.A. from Eastern Washington University in Social Studies Education with a Minor in English Education enabling her to teach grades 4-12. She additionally holds a M.A. in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University and Principal Credentials through Heritage College.

She started out teaching ninth grade  English part-time with Waterville School District, eventually transitioning to full-time high school History as her main focus with a number of other courses taught in the areas of drama, leadership, and varied AP courses.

Being from a long line of educators, she found her way throughout her breadth of teaching experiences. She would, over time, take on the new challenges of becoming first a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment), transitioning later to Dean of Students, then Principal. She served as a Principal for around 10 years, serving varied grade bands, elementary, K-12, and high school. Eventually, and for her last two years of time in Waterville, she served as Superintendent in Waterville and as Superintendent and Elementary Principal in Palisades—prior to that she was Superintendent in Waterville High School.

On her role as Superintendent she states, “…my teaching background was in high school, so it was really important for me in this role as a Superintendent to have had some really good time in elementary, to learn something about elementaries, because they are very different, and you certainly can’t assume that because you know high schools you know elementary, so I had a lot to learn about elementary schools, the needs of staff, the needs of students, the systems, the programs…”

She is excited for her new role as Superintendent of Manson School District, and says, “I loved Palisades…I still love Waterville—I loved the staff, the students, the team, the Administrative Team was incredible, the Board was great,” going on to say, “for me (her transition to Manson School District) was all about a desire to be in Manson, not just anywhere, not a desire to leave—it was very specific to this job and this district and this community.”

She states, “I’m so incredibly excited to be here, and I made this choice to be here because of what Manson offers students, and that’s because of the people here.” Welcome Tabatha Mires, a talented and warm addition to our communities.


 

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