Kiefer leaving Clay City for Cumberland Academy

Monday, July 1, 2024
Rachel Kiefer

Beginning her teaching career in Clay City, Rachel Kiefer always longed to return to the community that gave her the start she was searching for.

And so, when the athletic director position opened in the summer of 2022 after Shane Reese left to become the principal at Shakamak High School, Kiefer threw her name in the hat, believing that she was the perfect person for the job.

As it would turn out, the hiring committee agreed and brought her onboard as Clay City’s athletic director and assistant principal.

Upon her return, Kiefer said she was simply excited to be back in purple and wanted to do whatever it took to help the school and athletic department move forward in a positive manner. And after her two years as one of the faces of Clay City Junior/Senior High School, she’s hopeful that’s the legacy she leaves behind as Kiefer recently stepped down from her post with the Eels to become the principal at Cumberland Academy in Brazil.

“The past two years as the athletic director at Clay City High School have been very fun and rewarding. Watching the athletes work towards success and grow as young adults was a true joy,” said Kiefer. “I taught many of these athletes as a math teacher in my previous years at Clay City. Working with them as the AD was a fun and different way to get to know them. Clay City has great kids and watching them succeed on and off the court was a great experience.

“I am truly proud of all the students and athletes at Clay City. I also really enjoyed working with Mr. [Michael] Owens, Mr. [Rodney] Smith and the coaches. We made a great team and always strived to do what was best for the student athletes,” she continued. “I have been around sports my entire life and now get the pleasure of watching my girls become interested in athletics. The girls really enjoyed interacting with the athletes at Clay City and attending sporting events. This move will allow me to spend more time at my girls' sporting events and enjoy going to Clay City games together to cheer on the Eels.”

Besides wanting to spend more time with her family, as well as getting to see her two daughters, Kennedy and Kendall, play their respective sports, Kiefer said her passion is to help students use the different tools at their disposal to become successful in life, which is exactly what she’ll be doing at Cumberland.

“I have a true passion for helping students, especially those students that might need a little extra support. Taking the job at Cumberland will allow me to focus on my passion and provide students with the tools they need to be successful,” said Kiefer. “Cumberland Academy gives students an opportunity to excel in a non-traditional setting and focuses on meeting the needs of all our students. I am very excited to be a part of this program and to work with the teachers and students at Cumberland Academy.”

Having worked so closely with the slew of student-athletes at Clay City over the course of the last two years made the decision a difficult one, Kiefer said. But with her evenings now opened up, she’ll be a frequent visitor to the Eel Dome to support Clay City.

“I have been a part of Clay City High School for the past 12 years. I started my journey as a math teacher and ended with the privilege of being the assistant principal and athletic director, so the Clay City community will always hold a special place in my heart,” Kiefer said. “I look forward to still supporting the Eels' athletic teams as well as Northview's athletic teams as Cumberland Academy provides assistance to both Clay City and Northview students. I am excited for the opportunity for me and my family to support all athletes in our community.”

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