TWINSBURG — A week into the job and Dr. Laura Hebert, the new principal at the Twinsburg High School, says things "are going all right."
"The kids are very considerate," Hebert said. "They are very well-behaved, very welcoming and accepting. It’s a great introduction to the Twinsburg way. The staff, too, has been very welcoming. Louise [Teringo, the retired high school principal] is a tough act to follow. It’s easy to take over when the person before you has done just great things."
Hebert, who lives in the Cleveland area, said her dad served in the U.S. Air Force and that she lived in Dayton, graduating from Walter E. Stebbins High School near Dayton. Previously, she was the principal at Lloyd C. Bird High School in Chesterfield County Public Schools, in Chesterfield, Va., where she had served since 2011.
While there are some differences between here and Virginia, such as "you have to have a fob to get in," many things "are the same."
"The kids are kids, parents are parents, teachers are teachers," Hebert said. "And we all want what is best for the kids."
Hebert said she’s already experienced first-hand one longtime Twinsburg tradition: the annual Twins Days Festival.
"I drove a golf cart at the Twins Days Festival," she said. "It’s in the national news, but you don’t know what it’s like until you see all the lines of twins."
Hebert said she’s also been introduced to the "paint crew," students who paint themselves before football games.
"The student section here is exciting," she said.
Speaking of sports, Hebert said that Twinsburg’s sports teams "are going out like gangbusters," and she even created a hashtag, #winsburg, on the high school Twitter feed.
Hebert said she also was happy to see teachers take to social media to show what they were doing in their classrooms.
"We’re about more than just sports," she said.
In all, Hebert said that she was "excited to be here."
"There are great things on the horizon that are underway," she said. "I believe in public education and preparing students for the next step. We need to provide them with as many options as possible so students are ready for those opportunities. We also need to prepare them to be citizens of the world, to be kind, compassionate and goal-oriented."
The Twinsburg Board of Education unanimously approved a two-year contract with Hebert in April. She will be paid $116,841.05 annually, and she officially started July 30.
Hebert earned her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, her master’s degree from Ashland University and her educational administration licensure from Longwood University in Virginia. In 2010, she earned her doctorate of education in educational leadership and policy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She was named outstanding alumnus from Walter E. Stebbins High School in 2013.
Hebert’s career began as an industrial engineer for Rockwell International in Columbus before she moved into the classroom as a social studies teacher. She spent 20 years in the classroom at various school districts in Ohio and Virginia. In 2003, she was awarded Teacher of the Year honors while at Manchester High School in Chesterfield.
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