By Scott Bidroski
Longtime educator and current Gordon-Rushville Public Schools Superintendent Lori Liggett is set to close a chapter of her life that has been ongoing for the past 38 years.
Liggett will officially step down from her position as Superintendent effective this summer.
Her roots with the Gordon and Gordon-Rushville School Districts date back to her first job at Gordon Elementary in 1984.
Liggett began her career in education as a third grade teacher and has filled multiple roles since her first.
She has taught third, fourth, and all grades in the High School subjects ranging from science, physical education, reading, and health.
She has also coached volleyball, track, and basketball along with being involved in too many activities to list.
When she takes a step back to reflect on her time in education, the relationships she has created come to the top.
“I have many fond memories of hundreds of students and all that they have accomplished. I have had the privilege to work with some amazing educators, board of education members, parents, and patrons to make this a great school district,” said Liggett.
Liggett began her current role as Superintendent in 2015 after spending 2006-2015 as the Principal of Gordon-Rushville High School.
Being an educator, in her eyes, has always been her calling.
“My favorite part of being an educator is the optimism you get to live every day,” said Liggett.
“No matter how crazy the world gets, or how bad your day might be, just walk down a school building hallway, step into a classroom, or onto a playground or playing field and you will see or hear something that makes you feel good about things again,” added Liggett.
When asked about what has changed the most during her 38 years in the education field, Liggett points out one thing; technology.
“Technology has proven to be a great asset to education, the opportunities and experiences it can bring to students, as well as the tools it provides educators are amazing,” said Liggett.
“That being said, the use of technology as social media can be a weapon to hide behind in many instances. It is easy for people to get on Facebook, or other social media platforms and attack education. We try our best to put out factual information while protecting the privacy of individuals, but unfortunately, the facts are often boring and overshadowed by the more sensationalized posts,” added Liggett.
Now that this chapter has closed, Liggett is looking forward to new adventures to jump into.
Liggett says that she will continue to work in education, just in a different capacity.
She will continue to work on her doctorate in education, which include finishing her dissertation, will be on the docket.
Also, some much overdue visits to family and some projects will occupy her free time moving forward.