Have you ever wondered about the new principal Bev Shatto?
For the school year of 2018-2019, Shatto was introduced as the new Ripley High School principal. She had served as assistant principal for years at the school.
“It was time for a new challenge, and I wanted to go outside my comfort zone,” said Shatto.
Before becoming principal, she had experience in other fields. Shatto had taught in every level including elementary, middle, and high school. She had three years in state training, several years working as an administrator, and had coached at seven different schools.
Shatto decided she wanted to apply for the job in hopes of making a difference. Over the summer she explained how people were “coming to her, and at large people wanted me to take the job.”
“I had to decide to do it for myself in the long run,” she explains.
Being a woman has lots of challenges in today’s society also, and Shatto explains some of these challenges.
“I was afraid people might not take me seriously, or might doubt my ability to do this job,” she said.
Luckily, she has not experienced this problem yet.
Her goals for this school year include maintaining Ripley High School’s performance, making gains in mathematics, and expanding to more programs related to certain occupational fields.
Shatto hopes her being principal will make a huge difference to this school, and bring a positive outlook to it.