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The Next Chapter

Nicki Thompson

After 11 years as principal at Marshfield High, Jeff Curley takes his leave, passing his role down to Nicki Thompson. He has chosen to retire after working as a principal at both the Marshfield junior and high schools, in the Leeton school district, as well as a health and physical education teacher at the Clinton school district. Thompson has been working at Marshfield High School for 17 years, but as an English teacher. This year was her first time working in administration as the vice principal and she was more than excited to work closer with the staff. 

The thing Curley will miss the most is being able to work with students and watch them succeed. He enjoys being able to help them reach their goals and follow their dreams. He will also miss the staff and the interactions he gets with everyone daily. However, he will be back to visit when he starts to miss the school.

After this school year, Curley is excited to finally take a break from working. He is sure that he will begin another job, but nothing as taxing as being a principal. He is also excited to travel more and see more things that he wouldn’t have been able to see while working at the school. 

“I’m excited about new opportunities, but I’m also nervous because this is what I know,” said Curley. “I’ll miss Marshfield High School, the whole school district, and the people here.”

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Thompson is more than grateful to have the opportunity as the next principal. Her whole life, she has wanted to work at this school since she has lived in Marshfield and loved the school and community. Being vice principal, she has enjoyed being able to see growth in the students come in for behavioral issues often, she believes that every tiny milestone should be celebrated. She also loves working with the staff, they love to celebrate each other’s successes and are “the best hardworking staff that she could ask for”, in her words. 

Thompson plans to continue the path that they’ve been paving the past few years of making the school a safe and welcoming place that caters to the student’s needs. She is very proud of the Marshfield district, with both the students and staff. There are a lot of improvements still to come, but she believes that the school is currently in a good spot. 

“We have a lot to be proud of, but something I want to see even more of is getting more student voices involved in the things we’re doing in our school and looking at ways that you all think we can better improve,” said Thompson. 

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About the Contributor
Kaylee Wallace
My name is Kaylee Wallace. This year will be my second year on the Jay Chatter team as a sophomore. I love film and music and I plan to pursue these things in the future. I enjoy being in the marching band as a snare and a part of the leadership team, as well as being the social media manager in Centerstage and a Blue Jay Swimmer. I enjoyed being in newspaper last year and I'm so excited to be a part of this team again to see what improvements we will make!