A line of students at Shady Cove Middle School greeted recuperating Principal Tiffany O’Donnell with applause as she arrived at the school for a visit on October 29. The poignant moment showed the deep affection and esteem in which students hold O’Donnell. It was the first visit to the school for the principal since a motorcycle accident on September 13 seriously injured her.
O’Donnell was on hand to greet her students during lunchtime on Fake Injury Day, a fun event at the school. As O’Donnell sat in a wheel chair with her leg wrapped in bandages and stretched out in front of her, students coming into the cafeteria ran to hug her. O’Donnell had a large bag of Halloween treats for the kids but they were more interested in hearing about the accident instead of eating candy. That in itself tells just how popular the principal is.
School District 9 Superintendent, Cynda Rickert, Tina Mondale, Director of School Improvement and Doug McKenzie, Director of Special Services were also at the school to greet O’Donnell.
The students said they miss O’Donnell and were glad to see her. It was a relief for them to know she is doing well and will return, most likely in several months. In the meantime, Tiffanie Lambert, a special education teacher at White Mountain School in White City said she enjoys working at Shady Cove School. When O’Donnell returns to work, Lambert said she will go back to her students in White City.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent