New BJHS principal knows plenty about Baldwin City
Tammy Thomasson might not know much about the district she’ll be working in next fall, but she is quite familiar with the Baldwin City community.
She will take over the reins of the Baldwin Junior High School principal as of July 1 after leaving her position as the Wellsville curriculum director, which she’s held for 11 years. Thomasson was hired by the Baldwin School District a couple of weeks ago, while the Wellsville board approved her resignation March 22.
“I had a mixture of reactions,” Thomasson said. “I was very excited and thrilled. I am a little nervous about starting a new job and sad at the same time to leave my current position.”
Thomasson and her husband Andy live outside of town, but they both travel to Baldwin City frequently. Their have a long list of connections to Baldwin City. They attend church services, bring their pets to a local veterinarian and visits friends in Baldwin City. They also frequently eat at local restaurants and they are members of the Baldwin Athletic club.
Not to mention, Thomasson earned her doctorate degree at Baker University. The Thomassons built their house in Douglas County 14 years ago and have lived in the house ever since.
“We have friends who live there and have children in the school system,” she said. “I am in Baldwin almost daily, either working out at the gym, grabbing carry out, picking up a gallon of milk or doing other errands. You also can’t forget Maple Leaf.
“When you go to Baldwin you see a community which is very proud of its schools. You can’t go anywhere without seeing a Baldwin Bulldog or Baker Wildcat. Baldwin feels like a tight-knit community with a lot of parent and community involvement. When the position became available, I thought that it would be a great place to apply.”
Thomasson’s new job will be much different from the one she will be finishing this school year. Although it will be a change, she’s looking forward to the interaction with students.
“I get to work with students in my current position, but not on a day-to-day basis and I miss the daily interaction,” Thomasson said. “When the Baldwin Junior High position came open, I got excited and really thought about it before applying. I knew the position would be different from what I am currently doing, but felt that it was the challenge I was looking for, so I applied.”
Thomasson grew up in Pomona, but graduated high school in Ottawa in 1984. She later went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Ottawa University. In 1991, she started teaching in the West Franklin district. During her time there, she earned her Master’s Degree from Pittsburg State University. In all, she has had 19 years of educational experience — eight as a classroom teacher and 11 as an administrator.
“We hired Tamara because she has a variety of experiences,” said Ronda Schulte, BJHS reading consultant, who was on the interview committee. “Her background working with different ages of students as well as 11 years in a curriculum/assistant principal role in Wellsville was appealing to us since we will only have one administrator next year. We received good reviews from Wellsville and are excited to have her as part of our BJHS ‘family.’”