As the new school year approaches, Stacy Athow is eager to step into a new role.
Athow, who is beginning her 16th year at Ralston Public Schools, has been named the new dean of students at Ralston High School.
Previously, Athow taught English and Spanish at RHS, served as a school counselor and spent 10 years as the director of guidance counseling.
Athow said she enjoyed counseling and believes it’s of the most important jobs in the district, but is excited for a new adventure.
“I think it was just time for me to put my experience and talents elsewhere and really just impact the school differently,” she said. “I love Ralston High School and I just feel like my work isn’t done here.”
As dean of students, Athow said she wants to continue strengthening the school’s community.
“It’s important to make sure students understand that school is a place where they can get a sense of community,” she said. “They can come here for assistance and know that we are just here for them as a community.”
She says she also wants to build relationships with those around her.
“I have good relationships with students and I’ll continue to build those,” she said.
“I think that’s the most important thing you can do in a school is foster relationships, make sure they trust you and make sure they are developing their own skills along the way.”
In her new position, Athow said she hopes to help students grow.
“There’s disciplinary action that has to happen when you’re a dean but also, it’s about relationships and fostering knowledge and learning with the students so they can change the behavior, not just come in here and get in trouble for the behavior,” she said.
“When they leave my office, I hope they know there is a fresh start every time.”
Athow said she enjoys watching her students blossom throughout their high school careers.
“One of the most enjoyable things about being an educator is seeing kids grow into who they want to be,” she said. “It’s all about creating a culture in an environment for students to thrive so they can find out who they are.”