April 30 will be a bittersweet day for Assistant Superintendent Dee Gee Fischer.
After 35 years in education, the last 12 as assistant superintendent, Fischer will be stepping down.
“I truly believe that Harrison County does have the best and brightest when it comes to its staff,” Fischer said Tuesday morning. “They are all here for the students. I’m so proud to have been a part of something so great.”
Fischer started her teaching career in Scott County. She was there for seven years before she came back to her hometown.
She said after her daughters, Sarah and Anna, were born, she wanted to get back home.
Her first position was teaching itinerate reading at Northside and Southside elementaries. From there she moved to the middle school where she taught gifted and talented English and remedial reading.
Then Superintendent Dr. Martin encouraged her to get into more district-wide programs. Her first stop there was with the migrant program.
About the same time, Kentucky’s Education Reform Act was blossoming and Fischer was assigned to help write grants with others in the district.
Harrison County was able to start its health, Family Resource programs and regional migrant opportunities as a result of the grants. Those programs needed an overseer, which was Fischer.
In 2001, she was named assistant superintendent.
She has worked with five superintendents, Dr. Carr, Dr. Wade Roby, Dr. George Paul Hehr, Dr. Roy Woodward and Andy Dotson.
“One of the first things she said to me when I came here was the best part of the job is the people that you work with,” said Superintendent Dotson. “She is the perfect example of that. I’ve been able to witness her compassion and love for the kids here.”
Dotson said Fischer was more of a mentor to him when he first came to Harrison County as a first-time superintendent.
Fischer said she has also worked with numerous boards of education, with each bringing his or her own area of expertise to the table.
Fischer said she has no immediate plans for retirement other than to spend more time with her family.