(WEAU) - "I never thought I would become a superintendent," said Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck, ECASD superintendent.
After 20 years of teaching and working as the assistant superintendent in Virginia, 64-year-old, Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck is already learning the ropes in the district.
"I've been finding out about the budget, meeting with the district leadership team, meeting with some school board members," said Hardebeck.
While Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck is still settling into Eau Claire and her new office, she looks forward to meeting with different principals to get a feel for each school in the district.
Teachers with more than twenty years of experience at South Middle School have seen a number of superintendents come through Eau Claire. But they hope she will stay for a number of years.
"I think a superintendent is the face of the district so the superintendent needs to be very visible. The superintendent needs to be in public," said Laura Nicolet, 6th grade Geography teacher.
"I'm hoping she'll be someone that will be a good mentor to both administration and the teaching staff," said Phil Hurlburt, 7th grade Math teacher.
6th grade teacher Laura Nicolet says she got the chance to meet the superintendent already.
"She seems like she's very knowledgeable about how were going to move our students into the next level," said Nicolet.
But once Hardebeck meets with everyone, she has plans to help further the district.
"We're going to start working on this framework for the post-secondary success for students and were going to have to see what kind of tools we need," said Hardebeck.
Hardebeck says she plans to visit North High School on Friday and Memorial High School on Monday.
"No matter what role we play it’s all about working with and for kids," said Hardebeck.