By Jan Rahn
The other half of Wallace’s new administration will also be commuting to school this year.
Shari Goodenberger, 7-12 principal for Wallace Public School lives north of Culbertson.
“I have been working on my administrative degree for quite some time with the hope that I would be able to use my EdAd degree—when this position became available I decided to apply and I was elated when the position was offered,” said Goodenberger. “I feel blessed to be given this opportunity.”
She is accomplishing her immediate goal for the district which is getting to know the students, their families, the teachers and staff at Wallace School.
“I will continue to focus on the current school improvement goals for the district,” she said.
Most recently, Goodenberger was the guidance counselor at Wauneta, however, her teaching experience began in a one-room schoolhouse outside of Oconto where she taught kindergarten through sixth grade.
She has taught preschool for Head Start, along with fifth and sixth grades at Wauneta. In addition to her public school experience, Goodenberger taught psychology for a semester at MCC.
She has family ties to the Wallace area. Her niece and family, Timi and Travis Messersmith, live in the community.
As a recent widow to her husband of 15 years, Goodenberger loves spending time with their blended family consisting of seven children and several grandchildren.
Besides enjoying her loved ones, the 51-year-old owns and rides a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in her spare time as a favorite hobby.
As a native and graduate of McCook, Goodenberger’s educational history includes an Associate of Arts degree from MPCC, and from University of Nebraska-Kearney, a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education; plus three Masters Degrees, including school counseling 7-12, EdAd pre-K-8, and EdAd 7-12.