Williamston resident Deborah Wolf retired from the Howell School District in 2007, but her journey of improving education was far from over. An opportunity arose when Wolf received an email about a new position from the National Association of Elementary School Principals about an international full reform of a school in Dubai. Through her involvement the past five years, Wolf has completed many achievements in the Middle East. For three years she was the principal at a new kindergarten school in Al Ain and she put together a full set of guidelines for special education in the United Arab Emirates. “Teaching with love and logic, and really showing empathy in situations, that is what teaches responsibility,” said Wolf. “I went by the same four rules in Howell as I did overseas, be safe, be kind, be respectful and be responsible.” Wolf said the importance of education is vital to the success in each economy. “The root of our economy, culture and citizenship goes back to education. That is where the foundation of learning, ethics and morals begins,” she said. Although Wolf has no designated plans to travel back to the Middle East for any educational positions, she hasn’t fully closed that chapter of her life.“I’ve learned to never say never,” she said with a grin.
Katelyn Sweet is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Integrative Public Relations and Journalism.