Lake Myra’s new principal will be a familiar face, as Wake County Public Schools appointed assistant principal Tina Zarzecki to the vacant position.
Zarzecki will take the place of Jim Argent, who was appointed principal of Knightdale High School last month.
“I feel like there are a lot of advantages for me to stay at Lake Myra, (the) culture and the community is amazing there,” Zarzecki said. “I feel like I really had my finger on the pulse of that and I want to maintain what was really great and take it to the next level as well.”
Zarzecki has been at Lake Myra for three years and before that, was an administrator at North Forest Pines Elementary School in the northern part of the county. She spent 16 years as a special education teacher there.
She made the switch to administration to reach more students.
“I realized that I felt like I could have the biggest impact as a school administrator rather than a teacher,” Zarzecki said.
Argent, who Zarzecki called a mentor, started the Leader in Me program at Lake Myra, which is based on the Stephen R. Covey book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.’
Zarzecki said she plans to continue with that as the new principal.
“It has allowed students to grow in so many different ways,” she said. “As an assistant principal the bigeest thing I saw was the impact it had on school discipline.”
Even though Zarzecki is familiar with the lay of the land at Lake Myra, transitioning to a principal will still have a learning curve. She said the biggest adjustment will be in becoming the person who is accountable for everything at the school.
“While I never make decisions in isolation, ultimately I’m the person responsible (now),” she said.
Lake Myra teachers and staff will return to school on July 18 with Zarzecki as their new principal. There will be a week of staff training before students arrive on July 28.