By JESSICA BARNETT
As a child, Susan Emory walked the halls of West Boulevard Elementary every day. Now she will have the chance to do so once again as the school’s new principal.
“It’s neat to be back,” she said. “I’ve been very blessed to have inherited a wonderful faculty. I’m very excited to work with them.”
Emory just returned to Columbia with her two sons — Jake, 10, and Ryan, 3 — after teaching at schools in Arkansas and Kansas City for several years. She was a principal for the last three years.
“Columbia is a fantastic community built around great schools and families,” Emory said. “I think it would be wonderful for my children to grow up here.”
Emory was not even looking for jobs, but when her mother mentioned to her that some schools in Columbia were hiring, she jumped at the opportunity to move home.
Just north of Columbia is the farm Emory grew up on. “I still enjoy the farm and working there,” she said.
Emory went to MU but then later transferred to Central Methodist University where she graduated in August 1997.
“I think when you have a passion for teaching and learning, you want to share it,” Emory said about why she wanted to go into education.
Her favorite part of the job is “working with kids and watching them grow,” Emory said.
Although Emory hopes to one day go back to college, “for right now, I am very content,” she said.
She is excited about students coming back to school on Thursday, Aug. 19. Currently, there are 350 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students enrolled for the upcoming school year.
Emory began working at the school in July to get acquainted with everything, but she is ready for the students to be back.
“I’m about kids and what’s best for kids,” she said.