WEIRTON - After dedicating herself to giving back to Hancock County Schools, Andrea Dulaney was named principal of Broadview Elementary School.
Dulaney is a former student and teacher at the school and in 2003 was named Teacher of the Year at Broadview. She will begin her 14th year in education, 12 of which have been in Hancock County Schools.
In the coming year, Dulaney said it is her goal to work together with parents, teachers and the community to develop students who are healthy, responsible, self-directed and life-long learners. She said she wants to give students the knowledge necessary for living a productive life within the community.
Broadview Elementary School welcomed new principal Andrea Dulaney for the 2012-2013 school year. Dulaney received her education through Hancock County Schools and is pleased to be able to give back to the school system by working with parents, teachers and the community to develop students to be productive members of society. -- Angelina Dickson
"The teachers and staff at Broadview truly love all of the children that walk through the doors," she said. "We want to make a difference in the lives of these children by giving them a loving, safe environment in which to learn."
Dulaney said the position as principal of Broadview Elementary School was a great opportunity for her. She said she was a student at the school and so it feels like home to her instead of work because she is so passionate about what she does.
Elementary education, said Dulaney, is the true foundation of a child's learning career and in order to make real changes and a real difference, she wanted to get back to her roots. She said the most important thing is to ensure Broadview is teaching the whole child and ensuring all the basic needs are met, which she said will encourage better learning skills.
"When these children walk through our doors, we want them to feel loved and safe," she said, "and we care for them as if they were our own children."
Dulaney said she feels lucky to be able to have a job she enjoys and give back to the community and the school system. She said the educators go beyond all expectation to make sure the children are learning in the classroom not only the school material, but to be healthy, act appropriately and become good citizens.
"The students are excited to be here and so are we," she said. "I don't want the students or the teachers to lose that excitement."
Dulaney worked as a special education teacher, transition coordinator and, most recently, as the assistant principal at Weir High School. She is a 1991 graduate of Weir High School and has a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in special education and a master's degree in educational leadership and administration.
(Dickson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)