Marcia Heberle has spent nearly 30 years solving the education puzzle

Retiring young for ‘family time’

West Elementary School Prinicipal Marcia Heberle talks to a reporter Friday afternoon in her office in Jefferson City. Heberle will retire from a 30-year education career at the end of this school year.

West Elementary School Prinicipal Marcia Heberle talks to a reporter Friday afternoon in her office in Jefferson City. Heberle will retire from a 30-year education career at the end of this school year. Photo by Kelley McCall.

West Elementary Principal Marcia Heberle has been teaching for nearly three decades, and she’s been an administrator for more than half of that time. It’s a career she had not planned on pursuing.

Being a principal, she said, “is like dumping a puzzle upside down every day — and then trying to put the puzzle back together.”

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One issue she faces regularly is that parents and grandparents don’t always understand how schools work today.

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