For 17 years, Jane Anderson called Kit Carson Elementary School her second home.
The former first-grade teacher felt a sense of security from her fellow educators and the parents of the children she taught.
"You just know it when it feels right to be in a location. Kit Carson is just the right fit for me, it's like a second family," Anderson said. "The environment makes you want to stay. My family was there and it is just a part of me."
Anderson grew up in Danville but came to Richmond to attend Eastern Kentucky University. Like many who attend Eastern, she became an eternal colonel, making Richmond her new home. While at EKU, Anderson earned her bachelor's degree in special education and general education, as well as a master's in elementary education. She then attended the University of Cumberlands, where she received her rank 1 in administration.
While she's been working in education for 26 years, the time she's spent at Kit Carson has always had a special place in her heart.
But in order to further her career in education, Anderson took a position in Taylorsville as a principal, which she said was a wonderful learning opportunity as it gave her the chance to learn what it takes to be in administration. However, her new role took her away from the home she knew. For an entire year, Anderson lived in Taylorsville, leaving behind not only her family at Kit Carson, but her husband Scott and their two children. So when she heard of an opening for a principal at Kit Carson, she knew she had to apply.
Despite walking into familiar territory, Anderson was very nervous for her interview.
"I was interviewing in front of my peers, in front of my colleagues that I knew, and I did not want to disappoint them. I didn't know after the interview how I had done, so I truly wasn't sure what the result would be," Anderson said. "But two hours and 24 minutes later, Mr. Randy Neeley, the assistant superintendent, contacted me and told me that the site based (council) had chosen me as the next principal, so I was very, very excited."
As of July 1, Anderson is once again a Kit Carson Trailblazer and has already started the process of making her office like a second home. While in her position, she hopes to develop relationships with all of the stakeholders within the community, as well as to continue the Kit Carson legacy in teaching and learning.
But Anderson isn't waiting until Aug. 14 to welcome students and their families into Kit Carson. On July 30, Anderson is hosting Pizza with a Principal from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the school. The Madison County Food Service department will provide pizza, watermelon from South Fork Farms, veggies from Baldwin Farms and plenty of beverages, too.
"I'm just so humbled and honored to be able to serve Madison County again," Anderson said. "I'm very proud to be back home."
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