Deborah Zimmerman, a former Forest Park Elementary Title One teacher, will begin her career administratively assisting Principal Lynn Romas and CCS Monday.
"We spent some time with Mr. Romas this week trying to find someone with administrative experience," CCS Superintendent Kimberly Tucker told those in attendance. "We want to congratulate Mrs. Zimmerman and we know she'll do a great job."
Zimmerman graduated from Brazil High School and received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Indiana State University in 1978.
She continued her education at ISU, earning a Master's of Education and an administrative license (K-12). She also attended Cincinnati Bible College.
Zimmerman taught in Ohio for several years, but she decided to come back home to Brazil.
"I taught pre-school for eight-and-a-half years at Cornerstone before coming to Clay Community Schools," Zimmerman told The Brazil Times.
After Cornerstone, Zimmerman worked as an instructional aid at Meridian Elementary before taking the same position at Forest Park Elementary.
"I've always been with the elementaries before," Zimmerman said.
She became a fourth-grade teacher at Forest Park and later transitioned to teaching Title One, which services all students in the school regardless of the level of their educational needs.
Zimmerman has maintained this position for four years, even while working double-duty as the former Forest Park Elementary Principal, while current Principal Jon Russell served as an active duty personnel in the armed forces.
"I was principal from the beginning of the school year through November," the new assistant principal said.
Although she's never been an administrator to older students, Zimmerman said she is really excited to step into the position.
"It will be a great challenge," Zimmerman told The Brazil Times. "It's a step in life I've looked forward to for a long time. I am going to work as hard as I can with students, staff and the state. We're all going to be learning."