WARRENTON - Ja'net Bishop is ready to "Catch the WAVE."
The new Warren County High School principal kicked off the 2007-2008 school year last week, and is looking forward to an "awesome" year.
"Things have started off beautifully," said Mrs. Bishop, referring to the start of the first day of school last Friday. "The smooth start is a mere reflection of all the hard work that the faculty has put in over the summer."
Their dedication is summed up in the WAVE slogan. It stands for "Warren Always Values Education," said Mrs. Bishop, noting that leadership team members developed the slogan during the summer while attending strategic planning meetings.
"I think it's really catchy and says a lot about the focus and vision we all share at Warren County High School," added Mrs. Bishop. "We have a great staff of people working at the school. I couldn't do my job if it weren't for all of them. We work as a team and we treat each other with respect."
Mrs. Bishop, who formerly served as an assistant principal of Evans High School in Columbia County for four years, said she is delighted with her new position in Warren County.
"The people in Warren County have just accepted me so well. It's a wonderful thing for me to be so well accepted by the community,"said Mrs. Bishop, who also served as a counselor for several years at two different schools in Columbia County.
In her new role, Mrs. Bishop wants what's best for the students.
"I want the students to know we are here for them," said Mrs. Bishop. "As a faculty, we want the students to know that we support them as students and want them to come to us when they need help about anything. We're here to help them get an education, but we're here also to help them with problems that might arise in their lives, too."
Being an educator runs in Mrs. Bishop's family. Her husband is a teacher, athletic director and head football coach at Morgan Road Middle School in Augusta.
The couple met in New York, as they were awaiting transportation to Fort Jackson, near Columbia, S.C., to report for basic training in the U.S. Army. The couple later married. Mrs. Bishop spent 13 years in the army, working as a finance officer at Ft. Bragg, N.C. The couple has two sons.
Mrs. Bishop earned her education specialist degree from Augusta State University.
She credits God with having helped her get where she is today in her life.
"I give God the praise for everything that has happened in my life," said Mrs. Bishop. "He has created so many opportunities for me."
When Mrs. Bishop makes morning announcements at WCHS, she provides students with a quote of the day.
"I let them know they are the masters of their own fate," she said. "They can make it a great day, if they choose to - the choice is theirs."