By Colton Hall
The school year is upon us.
New additions every year are part of any school district.
This year, the Colome Consolidated School District welcomes Dr. Debbie O’Doan as the new K-12 Principal.
O’Doan is originally from Martin where she graduated from Bennett County High School.
After high school, Dr. O’Doan went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University in elementary and middle school teaching. Following that, O’Doan went on to receive her master’s degree of technology and doctorate degree in college administration from The University of South Dakota.O’Doan recently received her Education Specialist degree in K-12 administration from Wayne State College in Nebraska. Dr. O’Doan is looking forward to being a part of Colome.
“Colome has always been one of my favorite towns that I’ve driven through on Highway 18,” Dr. O’Doan said. “I really liked the town, and I wanted to be here.”
O’Doan has extensive work experience, boasting over 14 years of experience in the state of South Dakota alone. For seven years, Dr. O’Doan was a trainer of teachers in the state of South Dakota as part of the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative/TIE of Sturgis.
“I’ve taught at every grade level,” Dr. O’Doan said. “Whether that’s elementary, middle or high school, I have taught it. My parents still have a ranch in Bennett County, so I’ll be closer to home. I’ve got nieces and nephews in Aberdeen. I like small communities and I wanted to be able to serve them. I’m very excited to be here.”
For three of her 14 years of experience Dr. O’Doan was a gifted and talented coordinator and teacher. Dr. O’Doan was also a building technology facilitator in Gillette, Wyo.
O’Doan brings a fresh, educated, and motivated perspective to the Colome Consolidated School District. She is looking to build solid relationships, trust, and cohesion to the position.
“I want the parents and teachers to know that I really enjoy students,” O’Doan said. “I can’t wait to serve them and their parents. I want them to know that I want to be here to serve and help them in any way I can. I want to be available to students and families to ensure that I make things work to help to meet the children’s needs. I hope to provide really strong leadership for the district.”