PRIN­CI­PAL: Douhit Be­lieves ‘Every Child Can Learn’

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class­room, and I wanted to ex­pand that. I felt the best way to do that was to be­come a leader of lead­ers.”

She com­mented on what she en­joys about ed­u­ca­tion.

“I love the kids. I love to get them en­thu­si­as­tic about school. I, per­son­ally, loved school my whole life. I feel I bring some en­thu­si­asm to the build­ing,” she said.

She said she likes that the kids can know some­one cares about them.

Douthit grew up in Fayet­teville and grad­u­ated from Fayet­teville High School. She has been mar­ried 26 years to her hus­band, Ken, and they have two sons and a daugh­ter and three grand­chil­dren. They own log cabin rentals and the Arthur Mur­ray Mo­tel in Noel.

Her phi­los­o­phy on ed­u­ca­tion is, “Every child can learn. Every child can grow. Every child de­serves the best we can give,” she said.

She con­tin­ued, “I think stu­dents to­day have so many out­side fac­tors that in­flu­ence their lives, and so school is the safe haven where they can come and be loved and cared for and ed­u­cated. Some­times we’re the only calm in the chaos.”

She said her year is go­ing won­der­fully so far.

“I was ner­vous about get­ting back to the younger kids af­ter be­ing in high school the last four years,” she said, but she said it has given her an ad­van­tage to have seen the whole spec­trum.

“I be­lieve kids know when some­one loves and cares for them, and I be­lieve that’s what I bring to the ta­ble,” she said.

She added, “If you can make school a happy place and a place they want to be, they’re go­ing to want to con­tinue that ed­u­ca­tion and fin­ish what they started.”

Douthit said she plans to get her ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist de­gree in cur­ricu­lum and in­struc­tion. Her goal is to be a build­ing level prin­ci­pal, ideally in Noel.

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