Beth Wickenhauser is wrapping up her time as the principal of Lincoln and Douglas Schools in the next few weeks and is reflecting on her time in education.
Her journey in education started in Texas before she came to Illinois and the Clinton School district. On the WHOW Morning Show Thursday, Wickenhauser told Regional Radio she bounced back and forth between the classroom and various leadership roles.
Wickenhauser was instrumental in starting a special education program in Clinton. She explains before that, they were sending students with certain levels of need to Bloomington but her program kept all those students local.
Many administrators will tell you they didn't plan to get into administration and for Wickenhauser that is the case. She explains she had veterans in education encouraging her to be ready for opportunities in school administration even if it wasn't something she was thinking about.
Wickenhauser recently became a grandmother for the first time and plans to be with her daughter and her new baby as much as she can.
Jessica Patrick will take over as the Principal of Lincoln and Douglas Schools and we'll hear from her next week on Regional Radio.