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Assistant principal prepares for retirement

In his 38 years as an educator, Bill Fuller has worked with grades kindergarten through 12th, but this year he's graduating with the seniors.

"I didn't think it would ever come -- I dreaded it. I thought I would work forever," said Fuller, who is retiring June 30 as Ellsworth High School assistant principal.

"I love the kids. That's the best part of my job," said Fuller. "There's something new and interesting every day."

His favorite times, he said, have been those "aha moments," a point in time when a student has a sudden insight or grasp of a concept.

"I spend a lot of time with the kids," said Fuller. He said getting to know the students makes his job easier, and in many cases he has known them and their parents since the students were in elementary school.

"Some of these kids I've known since they were three," he added.

Fuller, who is originally from Iowa, moved to Durand when he was in 8th grade and he graduated from high school there. He earned his Bachelor's degree in elementary education from UW-River Falls.

His first teaching job was in Plum City, where he taught middle school math for seven years before becoming K-8 principal for four years and K-12 principal for another two years.

In 1988 he became principal at Prairie View School and worked as elementary principal in the Ellsworth district until he took his current job as assistant principal at the high school four years ago.

For more please read the May 22 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.