Ivonne Beegle said her first day as new principal for Cardinal Valley Elementary School was both interesting and complex.
Beegle, 38, replaced outgoing principal Matt Perkins. During the school year, she said, she hopes to create a plan of checks and balances for the school that is systemic, "so that we can ensure that every child reaches proficiency."
Beegle is the first Hispanic female principal in Fayette County. She is a former Spanish teacher and specialist in English as a second language and worked at Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Cardinal Valley has a large Spanish-speaking student population, which works to Beegle's advantage.
"There were a lot of people that were pleasantly surprised that I can communicate in Spanish," she said.
This from the Herald Leader; Photo by Janet Worne.