Dorene Kenworthy is filling in for Principal Jon Russell, while he is deployed on active duty.
"I am so delighted to be here," Kenworthy said. "I'm looking forward to getting to know parents and staff."
She currently lives in Clayton, Hendricks Co., and has been married to Rocky for 16 years. Though they have no children, she has the benefit of spending her time educating other people's children.
"I enjoy children," she said. "Everyday you learn something new."
Kenworthy loves to be outdoors, enjoying activities such as cross-country skiing, hiking and bicycling.
One of her hobbies includes visiting lighthouses, though she visited more than 200.
"I had the opportunity to be a volunteer lighthouse keeper in Michigan in 2007," she said. "We were able to teach people about lighthouses such as the history and the daily activities."
She has taught Kindergarten-sixth grade and coached high school softball, volleyball and basketball.
At one point she was an elementary counselor, but she found her love at an administrative level.
"I try to do my best everyday and support the teachers so they can do the best job that is required of them," she said.
Kenworthy wants to continue where Russell left off, and intends to continue to promoting the positive things taking place at Clay City Elementary.
"Every school is doing their best to follow the guidelines set by the DOE (Department of Education)," she said. "We have a great staff and PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) that works hard for the students."
With 26 years of experience in the area of education, Kenworthy is still learning.
"I'm still learning quite a bit and enjoying it," she said. "I think we have a great school here and I am privileged to be here."