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INDIANA: New assistant principal welcomed

by RITA CRAMER on March 01, 2013 11:00 AM

On Jan. 31, Indiana Area Senior High School welcomed a new addition to the administrative staff as Erin Eisenman began her tenure as the new assistant principal.

Everyone has welcomed her with open arms and is getting to know her as she becomes an increasingly more visible presence in the halls of the senior high.

So far, her favorite thing about being assistant principal is working with students to help them achieve their goals.

“My goal is to do my best to help the students become all they want to while supporting the teachers and staff at Indiana Area Senior High School,” she said.

She is most looking forward to getting acclimated to life in the senior high school.

Before coming to Indiana, Eisenman was principal at the Indiana County Technology Center.

Senior Abby Varner, who also attends ICTC, commented on Eisenman’s move here saying, “I think she’s a great addition to our staff, I like her a lot.”

Her position as assistant principal is not much different from her former position as principal. The only thing she has to adjust to is in regard to procedures dealing with truancy and the senior high’s IDEAL cyberschool program. Sophomore Anna Deabenderfer added, “I think she’ll be very consistent as our assistant principal.”

Another interesting thing is that Eisenman is a 1987 graduate of Indiana High School. She doesn’t think the high school has changed that much since she’s been here. The new gym and fitness center are great new additions in her eyes. Also, when she was a student here, the English department was upstairs where the math department is, and vice versa with the math department being where the English department now is.

Following high school, Eisenman attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. She also obtained a master’s degree in counseling/school counseling. At California University of Pennsylvania, she got her principal certification. For her special-education degree, she attended Waynesburg University.

In Eisenman’s spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys reading and going on long walks in the woods. Her favorite book?

“I love ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare’ and ‘A Tale of Two Cities.’ But there are so many other books I could say.”

Her favorite works of Shakespeare include “Macbeth” and “The Taming of the Shrew.”

She does believe one can never be too old for a Disney movie.

Picking her favorite quote was a hard decision, but she decided on: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years,” by Abraham Lincoln.

She likes how it says “live life to the fullest, regardless of how or what is happening.”

Her favorite vacation spot is Disney World in Florida. Blue is the best color in her mind, and she loves rocking out to late ’80s, early ’90s “hair band” metal. Bruster’s is her favorite ice cream spot in town.

On an end note, she would like to say, “Thank you for the warm welcome, and I look forward to getting to know everyone.”

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