OGDEN -- Ogden School District spokeswoman Donna Corby will be leaving her administrative job and heading back into the educational trenches.
Corby on Thursday was approved by the Ogden School Board as the new principal of Wasatch Elementary. The principal Corby is replacing, whose name has not been released by the school district, will be taking extended medical leave and has been assured she can return to another job with the district when her leave ends, said Superintendent Brad Smith.
"When we found ourselves without a principal for Wasatch Elementary, we carefully considered all of our administrators and took careful stock of them," Smith said. "She has been an elementary teacher, an elementary principal and a high school assistant principal before she came to the district office. Donna has the skill set we are looking for."
Wasatch Elementary School, 3370 Polk Ave., has 395 students and is among the district's top performers, based on test scores.
Corby has served seven years as the Ogden School District's public information specialist. Prior to that, she worked as principal at Dee Elementary School and vice principal at Ben Lomond High.
Corby said Smith mentioned to her that a principal was going on leave, and the school needed a new principal.
"And I said, 'Wow, that would be fun,'" Corby said. Smith asked if she would consider taking the job, Corby said, and when she didn't commit, he asked her again a few days later. Smith wanted to fill the position quickly because the first day of school is Aug. 26, and many preparations have to be completed between now and then. Corby accepted.
"In so many ways, I am returning to my first love," Corby said. "It's something I'm very excited about. The school has an incredible staff and amazing students. My biggest passion has always been teaching little guys how to read."
Corby's responsibilities as director of communications and public information officer have grown beyond her original job description, so the job will be re-evaluated before any job listing is posted and replacement is hired, Corby said.