New principal enthusiastic about task ahead

August 30, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

This is one in a continuing series of profiles of new principals in Imperial Valley schools.

IMPERIAL — She may be a first-time principal, but Ben Hulse Elementary School's Jinger Myers has the enthusiasm and experience for the task.

Myers, 47, brings 25 years of education know-how to the position, including having served last year as vice principal of Ben Hulse.

Myers, a Texas native, split her career into 13 years of classroom special education experience and nine years working in Imperial County Office of Education's special education department before moving into administration.


Watching children grow and learn is one of the reasons she enjoys education.

"I think it was the ability to make a change … that excitement is what keeps you going as a teacher," Myers said.

That enthusiasm is still present in her voice as she speaks.

Myers came to Ben Hulse last year after two years as assistant principal for the McCabe Union School District south of El Centro.

"Coming to Ben Hulse has been an exciting challenge," Myers said.

"But with the change and challenge, it's afforded me the chance to grow educationally and I've really enjoyed that," Myers said.

That optimism is characteristic of Myers, said Imperial Unified School District Superintendent Barbara Layaye.

"She's a dynamic administrator with a history of successful administration," Layaye said.

Layaye said Myers was the right person for the job, in part because of her experience as vice principal last year and her organizational skills in the face of campus construction.

"She's done an excellent job getting the school open," Layaye said. "I don't think I could say enough."

The modernization construction at Ben Hulse has half the campus torn apart and unusable by students and staff. That is what Myers sees as her biggest challenge this year.

Keeping morale up and not allowing the students or staff to get sidetracked by the construction are priorities, Myers said.

Myers said another goal of hers is to keep test scores at Ben Hulse going up.

"I see Ben Hulse as a learning community," Myers said, adding that staff, teachers and parents all work together to help students succeed.

With help from staff and teachers, Myers said she, too, will benefit and successfully face the challenge of heading up Ben Hulse.

"I can do the job," she said.

Myers lives in Brawley with her husband, Mike. They have one son and are expecting their first grandchild in December.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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