For Beth Glover, her new position is like returning home.
The new assistant principal at Cartersville Middle School had worked in the Bartow County School System for two decades before coming back to her roots.
"I was born and raised in Cartersville, and I have fond memories of teachers who always seemed genuinely happy to be at school, teaching my friends and me," she said. "They were great role models who understood the importance of not only providing a sound education but also supporting parents in equipping their children to be respectable adults. Even as a small child, I recognized how special the educators were in Cartersville so it is great to be able to return to the school system that nourished my love for learning."
Glover took over for Dr. Tharis Word, who accepted the dual-role position of assistant principal at Cartersville Primary and Cartersville Elementary.
Name: Beth Glover
Age: 43 on Tuesday
Occupational title: Assistant principal of Cartersville Middle School
City of residence: Kennesaw
Education: Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, Argosy University
Family: Husband and two children, Trent and Bianca
The Daily Tribune News (DTN): What positions did you have within the Bartow County School System, and how long were you at each?
Beth Glover (BG): Sixteen years of my life were dedicated to students attending Allatoona Elementary, teaching several grades — mostly fifth grade — and serving in many roles. The students and staff there are like my family so it was a difficult decision to leave four years ago to fill a newly designed position of instructional support specialist at the central office. However, knowing that I would have the opportunity to impact more students through my work with teachers, there was no way that I could let that position slip through my fingers, and I am grateful for all the opportunities that I was afforded by doing so.
DTN: Why did you want an assistant principal position, and what are your job responsibilities?
BG: After directly working with teachers for several years, I was searching for a way to maintain my work with teachers while also regaining my connection with students. I was pondering over a couple of options for which I might be a good fit, and this role was ideal. We all know that the start of this school year will be like no other so I will be supporting the administrative team as our students and teachers return safely to school in addition to working with a team to identify the most appropriate approaches and strategies for preserving high levels of learning during this time.
DTN: What has been the most memorable thing that has happened to you during your career as an educator?
BG: While not a single memory but rather a recurring event, the overwhelming feeling of pride that I experience as each group of my former students graduates is one of pure satisfaction. Along with a couple of colleagues, I attend graduation every year and hand out congratulatory cards to our former students. We usually take our yearbook and cross-reference with the program. It is quite exhilarating to recognize names on the list. I loved planting seeds of confidence and hope in students, and to see them beaming, with their caps and gowns, to know that I was part of those students’ success stories, is priceless.
DTN: Why did you want to become an educator?
BG: I do not know that I ever made a conscientious decision and thought, “This is why I want to be a teacher.” It is sort of an innate part of me that I just always knew I would become an educator. I was born to be in this profession, to fulfill my purpose in life.
DTN: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
BG: I would rather watch an old film than a new movie. I prefer movies from the late '30s, '40s and early '50s.
DTN: If you could visit any period or event in the past, what would you choose and why?
BG: My dad was a steadfast employee of Goodyear in Atco so he was excited to go to Rome to get a ride on the Goodyear Blimp many years ago. Unfortunately, there was only one seat left, and he gave it to me. As a teenager, it really did not mean much to me, but he still talks about that missed blimp ride because it symbolized hard work and dedication to him. I would love to go back and give him that seat.
DTN: How would you describe yourself in three words?
BG: Empathetic, loyal and determined
DTN: What would the title of your autobiography be and why?
BG: "I Am Listening" would be the title of my autobiography. I think that most of my friends would consider me a very active listener, one who can read between the lines and understands the importance of words.
DTN: Do you have a bucket list, and if so, what is the one thing you most look forward to accomplishing?
BG: I absolutely love making lists/checklists, but I have never made a bucket list! Ask me in a couple of months, as I look forward to accomplishing creating a bucket list.
DTN: If you could have dinner with any historical figure or celebrity, past or present, who would you pick and why?
BG: Can I choose to have a Roundtable for Relatives instead? I would choose to have my grandparents for dinner and listen to their life stories with a different ear, so to speak. As a child, I listened to my grandparents, but perhaps the magnitude of what they were saying was missed so I would love to go back and have those stories shared again. I would enjoy being able to share those stories with my children.