About a year and a half ago, Erin Weaver retired as an educator and gave away her professional attire, certain she wouldnt need to dress like that again.
She planned to spend part of Friday afternoon buying enough clothing to help her start work as the Bibb County school systems latest deputy school superintendent, starting essentially a new, but limited, career.
Weaver, 62, plans to work about a year under Steve Smith, who once recruited her to be his deputy at Central High School but now works as interim school superintendent. The school board is expected to find a permanent superintendent in the next year, who could choose his own deputy.
Weaver had been teaching aspiring teachers at Georgia College & State University, and Smith convinced her she had to become his assistant principal to really understand education.
It started the first day, when a couple of students had gotten into some foolishness. It wasnt that bad, Weaver recalled without discussing specifics. Her first lesson: When there are cars involved, it takes it to a new level.
Weaver said she learned other lessons then, too. She learned that education takes place in hallways, on football fields and all over the place: I was 49 and I didnt know everything there was to know about school. She again shifted her definition of being a lifelong learner and returned to work, much as she may do Monday for the school system.
The Bibb County school board voted 7-0 Thursday night to hire Weaver as a partial replacement for Susanne Griffin-Ziebart, deputy superintendent of school improvement and redesign. Griffin-Ziebart may help orient Weaver before she leaves for Minnesota on Friday.
Weavers job will be half-time. Compensation details were not immediately available.
Weaver isnt quite sure exactly what shell be working on just yet.
I dont want to presume I know what needs to be done until I get here, she said in a telephone interview from the school systems central office at 484 Mulberry St. Weaver last worked in a central office position, as director of early childhood education, but never physically worked in the administrative offices.
Smith told The Telegraph he decided to bring back Weaver because shes an outstanding leader and educator.
I hired her because she is an excellent educator and a teacher-centered and student-centered educator, and thats the kind of educator I look for, he said.
Weaver, who has a doctorate from the University of Georgia, became principal at Central High School after Smith left the Bibb County school system about a decade ago. Weaver helped build the new Central High School and was assigned to the early education job on the eve of the schools opening.
The new job meshes well with her skills, she said, and will let her help the system again.
There are things I havent done yet, but this is just another phase of retirement, helping a community thats helped me so much.
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.