BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Something will be missing next school year at McNeill Elementary. After spending her entire 28 year career at the school Principal Marsha Ingram has decided to enter retirement. She admits it won't be easy saying goodbye to a place she could call her second family.
"I think that everyone knows that I love my students here and we are like a family here at McNeill. My own children attended McNeill and every time at the beginning of the year I meet new families, I meet new friends and we develop a relationship," says Ingram.
Faculty says Ms. Ingram wasn't your average principal. It may have been her title, but caring for each and every student like they are one of her own became part of her livelihood.
"She still knows all the children. She still gives them her time. She is available to them whether they need a shoulder to cry on or whether they need to tell someone about something exciting in their life or they need some extra help in the academic area she has still been there," says Superintendent Joe Tinius.
"She works in the lunchroom everyday and wipes tables and talks to the kids and I have never seen a principal so that before," says Gina Crabtree.
Ingram admits that come August, when children walk the halls once again for another school year, it won't be easy not seeing her students bright smiling faces.
"I tell the kids first day of school, when you are here you are my babies and I get hugs throughout the day and that is the highlight of my day," says Ingram.
For her dedicated 28 years of service, teaching and caring for Bowling Green's future leaders, we honor Marsha Ingram as this week's Hometown Hero.