Darlene Bramel, currently assistant Rolla High School principal, soon will be leaving her office at the high school to begin a new adventure as Truman Elementary principal.


Darlene Bramel, currently assistant Rolla High School principal, soon will be leaving her office at the high school to begin a new adventure as Truman Elementary principal.


Bramel enters this position with 24 years in education, all with the Rolla Public School District. She has been assistant principal at Rolla High School for the past 14 years, having previously taught English and Social Studies at Rolla Junior High from 1983 to 1993.


“When I started teaching, I didn’t really think about going into administration, but Dr. Kent King was a great mentor for me, and he’s the one who inspired me to further my education. I think it was his belief in me that made me think I could do it,” Bramel said.


Bramel has mixed emotions about leaving Rolla High School.


“The first week after I accepted the position at Truman, I couldn’t go into the cafeteria. I just knew I’d start crying. I love these kids so much. I’m really going to miss them and the staff.”


Bramel is, however, excited about working with the younger kids at Truman.


“I’ve already begun collecting mementos from here to take over to Truman,” said Bramel, pointing to a “Cat in the Hat” wall poster from this year’s sweetheart dance.


Bramel will be replacing principal John Edgar, who has served as principal of Truman Elementary for the last 10 years.High School.


Edgar said “I know that Darlene is going to love this job, and I know she’ll be great at it. I’ve known her for years and she takes care of people. She always has.”


Edgar said he remembers how different it was for him to go from working with high school kids to working with elementary kids.


“Instead of stares, I got hugs” said Edgar. “It’s been great.”


Bramel’s mentor, Dr. Kent King, was contacted by The Rolla Daily News for his reaction to her  promotion.


“She’s the right person for the job. She’s a person who truly cares about kids, and when you get down to it, that’s what matters the most. She’s done a good job, and I know she’ll work hard to help the teachers at Truman be as good as they can be,” said King.