COQUILLE — Amy Flora has joined the ranks at Winter Lakes School as the new vice principal.
Flora, who graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 1993, brings a range of teaching and administrative experience to the job.
She ran track and cross country at the University of Washington, then transferred to Southern Oregon University after a sports injury. Flora received her bachelor's of science degree in English in 1997 from Southern, her master's of arts in teaching from Willamette the following year and her initial administrative license this year from the University of Oregon.
Flora taught kindergarten through eighth grade at the Langlois School District. She later worked at the Bandon School District seven years as an elementary teacher and coach before budget cuts resulted in her being laid off. From there, she moved to Myrtle Point Junior/Senior High, working as a reading enrichment teacher with seventh- and eighth-graders for a year.
She then returned to Bandon when openings came up, teaching sixth grade one year and serving one year as the dean of students and athletic director at Bandon High School.
"So basically I've taught everything K-8," Flora said. "And I've been an athletic director and a dean of students."
Flora also brings a wealth of coaching background to the new job, including having coached track, cross country, fast-pitch softball and basketball.
She discussed her interest in Winter Lakes and why she applied, referring in part to principal Tony Jones.
"Honestly I've worked with Tony as athletic director and we had a good rapport," she said. Jones also works as the Myrtle Point School District's athletic director in addition to his job as principal at Winter Lakes.
Flora said she also works well with students who "didn't fit into the mainstream" and she said her disciplinary experience as dean of students helped.
She spoke enthusiastically of her work in education and some of her overarching principles, saying "that every kid should have the opportunity to learn" and "that I should build up that."
"It's all about the kids," Flora said.
Although she's an administrator at Winter Lakes, Flora will still be teaching — in this case third- through eighth-graders at the alternative school.
Flora emphasized that she's there to "provide services to parents and students."
"That's why we're here, is to make sure they get the best education," she said.