Principal of the Year: Kim Ball surprised at MVE
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Principal of the Year: Kim Ball
surprised at MVE
Mountain View Elementary School Principal Kimberly Ball never saw it coming.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6 she
entered the school under the impression that she
was to attend an OSHA safety training course.
What happened next totally caught Ball
and the rest of the school's staff completely "off guard."
The flowers were not for the school or even for the staff at MVES
but were actually presented to Ball to celebrate her
selection as this year's Principal of The Year Award.
I enjoy working Kim
and I see Mountain View
doing great things in the future."
Ball, who is only in her second year as a school principal, has held positions in both Ashe and Watauga counties as both a classroom educator and as a school administrator but her career in education almost never happened.
She was majoring in business while attending Appalachian State University and never considered pursuing a career as a teacher until she began substituting in the Wilkes County School system.
"Truly within the first 30 minutes of being in the classroom I knew that was what I wanted to do," Ball explained.
"The next day I met with my advisor and changed my major."
It was not a decision that Ball
would live to regret.
She went on to major in middle grades education, earning her undergraduate's degree before completing a Master's in school administration.
"I can't imagine considering doing anything else," she
career in education to be a "rewarding profession" she
admits that it does come with some challenges.
"There seems to be a standard we are always working toward or a bar that we are trying to reach that is continuously being raised.
It's always hard to try to reach these things when you are working with a tighter budget and with less money," she
One advantage of working as both an educator and as an administrator is that it has enabled Ball
to empathize with the teachers.
will now move on to the state's regional principal of the year competition.