After numerous years in the classroom, Kristi Chumney is ready for a new challenge.
Chumney took her first administrative position when she was hired June 8 to be the athletics director and dean of students at Johnstown-Monroe High School.
A 1991 graduate of Lore City Buckeye Trail, Chumney earned her undergraduate degree and master's of secondary education from Marietta College. She received her administrator's certification from the University of Dayton in 2009, but opted to remain in the classroom until now.
"I really love teaching, but I think I'm ready for the move," said Chumney, who begins her new role Monday, July 14. "When I got my administrator's license in 2009, I wasn't ready to be out of (the classroom).
"I didn't want to blindly jump into things, and now I realize that it's the time to do it. I spent a lot of time observing good administrators and how they do things. I feel at this point I'm ready for a new challenge."
Superintendent Dale Dickson said Chumney is a good fit for the district.
"Ms. Chumney seemed to possess a strong skill set to serve successfully as our dean of students and athletics director," he said. "Strong organizational skills, successful educational experience, a passion for serving the educational needs of students and a passion for athletics were among the qualities we believed made her the best candidate for the position."
Chumney replaces Jeff Rings as dean of students and Mike Carter as athletics director. Rings took a position as coordinator of virtual services with the district. Carter took over as athletics director as an interim replacement when Nick McIlwain left in July 2013. Carter remains a physical education teacher and Johnstown's football coach.
At Buckeye Trail, Chumney played on the Class A state championship girls volleyball team as a junior in 1989. The Warriors were state runners-up in 1990.
She played women's volleyball at Marietta and spent seven years teaching science at Cambridge, where she also spent time leading the girls volleyball program.
From there, Chumney taught science at Watterson and was an assistant track coach with the Eagles. For the past seven years, she has taught science at the Delaware Area Career Center.
"I missed the sports aspect of education at the career center," said Chumney, who also has taught evening and weekend science courses at Columbus State Community College. "I'm glad to get back into that realm.
"I believe in the 'student' of student-athlete. The growth and development of each student as a person and scholar supersedes everything else. I love seeing kids grow on and off the field. I believe strongly in the benefits offered by participation in organized sports. The self-discipline, perseverance, team-building and sense of accomplishment offered (in sports) are difficult to match off the playing field."
Chumney lives in the Sunbury-Galena area and said Johnstown reminds her of the community in which she grew up.
"Johnstown is relatively close to my home and I didn't want a long commute when I started in an administrative role," she said. "It feels like a country school, and even though I'm not from Johnstown, it feels like I'm coming home. It feels like where I grew up."