Zabel’s career comes full circle
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
Tammy Zabel’s time in education has come full circle. She is the new principal of Morgan Elementary School, the same place she attended as a student.
Zabel was born and raised in Harrison County and has also spent some time living in Floyd County. She earned her education degree from William Woods University and her master’s in education, as well as her building administrator and principal licensure, from Indiana Wesleyan University. She taught at Morgan for 22 years before accepting the position after her predecessor, Megan Reynolds, moved to the special education facilitator and curriculum coordinator position for elementary schools within the North Harrison Community School Corp.
Zabel’s ties to Morgan go further back than just her attendance of school there, as her parents were students at the elementary school as well.
“They say that all roads lead home, and I am living proof that they do,” Zabel said. “To say that I am honored to be here and so proud of Morgan Elementary would be a huge understatement. I have worked beside the most incredible team of people that pour their hearts into our students every day.
“My goal is to ensure that Morgan continues to be the greatest school on the planet and that our students are healthy, happy and safe,” she said. “They can look back with the fondest of memories and know that they were loved, cared for and given the greatest opportunities for personal and academic growth and success.”
Being a first-year principal can have its own ups and downs as starting any new job position can. However, adding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on top of that creates other challenges. Zabel said countless hours were spent preparing for the return to school; from bus rides to breakfast and lunches, every process was revamped.
Zabel, and her husband, Rick, have three children, Jackson, Mackenzie and Autumn. She also has three grandchildren Dani, Kylie, and Christian. Zabel could only sing praises of the MES team for helping her adjust to the new position and the pandemic.
“It is beautiful to see all of the smiling eyes despite the additional responsibilities due to COVID protocols and procedures,” Zabel said. “The staff does whatever is necessary to keep our students safe and ensure they experience personal and academic success. I could not do this without them.
“We are more than a team,” she said. “We are family, and we will get through this together.”