Last month, Thurston Middle School Principal Joanne Culverhouse congratulated her last group of eighth-graders and ushered them into high school.
However, it won't be the last she sees of them. She'll actually be following them as they start their freshman year this fall.
Culverhouse will replace Don Austin, who resigned as Laguna Beach High School principal at the end of the academic year. She has been with the district for more than a decade, starting out as a principal at El Morro Elementary School in 1999 and later moving on to Thurston, where she's been for the last seven years.
"I don't have fears," she said of the new job. "I have only excitement."
Having worked closely with Austin during his five years at LBHS, Culverhouse commended Austin's leaderships and said each principal brings a new style of leadership.
"I'm very confident that I can handle the challenges of a high school environment," she said.