2010-08-26 / Front Page

Theresa Corle Is Newest Principal At So. Fulton

Northern Bedford County native establishing roots here
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER
Students of Southern Fulton Elementary were greeted by a somewhat familiar face on Tuesday when they returned to school for the kickoff of the 2010-11 school year.

Theresa Corle Theresa Corle In sitting down with the “News,” Principal Theresa Corle shared that she officially joined the staff of Southern Fulton on July 1, but was fortunate enough to visit with students, meet staff and tour the facility just prior to the start of summer vacation.

A native of northern Bedford County, Corle has made a name for herself in the field of education focusing on what has turned out to be two life passions – science and curriculum. Corle joined Southern Fulton after serving as a curriculum specialist with Intermediate Unit #28 covering both Armstrong and Indiana counties, where she provided support and services for a total of 11 districts and two technical schools.

“If you love what you do it’s not work,” said Corle, who also spent time at the Marion Center Area School District located in Indiana County. Corle, 40, assumed the role of assistant middle school principal and chief grant writer and was also instrumental in reworking the school’s science curriculum.

Accustomed to small school districts and rural settings due to her career and growing up in neighboring Bedford County, Corle said working in a small district allows for better involvement as well as gaining a better feel for the community.

Always kept up to date with local happenings and events with help from her folks, Corle stated she was excited to hear about the vacancy at Southern Fulton and remembered the district’s good reputation from when she was a child. Even though she thinks she has a tough act to follow in former principal and current Superintendent Kendra Trail, Corle’s background and education heavily laden in the area of curriculum should serve her well during her time at Southern Fulton.

“I’ve done a lot of grant writing and data analysis, but I still enjoy popping into the classrooms to read a story to the kids or lend a hand during a science experiment,” she noted. “... It’s the interaction that I truly love. I love watching when the light bulb goes off, and a student grasps a concept. It’s definitely about the ‘aha moment’ for me.”

Corle, who currently resides in the Breezewood area, is a 1988 graduate of Northern Bedford and four short years later obtained her degree in secondary education with a concentration in science from University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She gained additional knowledge of curriculum and instruction by getting her master’s degree in the late 1990s from Gannon University, which was followed by her principal’s papers from IUP.

“I might take a short hiatus. It’s been keeping me pretty busy,” joked Corle in looking back at her ongoing education. What she doesn’t intend to take is a break from her personal goals, which include earning the respect of the staff and community.

“I’d like people to know I’m approachable. School isn’t a scary place. It’s a place where we can work together,” said Corle. “I’m always open to discussions and working through problems.”

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