This is another in a continuing series of articles about new school principals in the Imperial Valley.
After two decades in the education field, Sherry Kolset still considers herself an idealist.
The new principal at El Centro's Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School went into teaching because she "saw it as an opportunity to work with children and help children." She hoped to better society through the education of its youth.
Now, years later, Kolset, 57, says those same ideals keep her in the field. Her role in education is changing, though, as this administrative position is a first for Kolset.
Her background includes teaching in the Imperial Unified School District and El Centro's Desert Garden Elementary, implementing a technology grant at the Imperial County Office of Education and working as a reading resource teacher at King last year. She earned her administrative credential from San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus in May 2000.