"It is not all happiness for me in making the decision to retire," she said.
According to Wiggins, a principal is also a coach, advisor, nurse, caregiver and
more. In addition, she believes that an administrator should have the vision to see
what a school can become and know the potential of every child.
"I know that every time a parent comes into this office, they are commenting about the
most important thing in their life - a child," she added. "You never want to step away
from the position of an educator and your task includes working with others to mold and
shape a child for they are our tomorrow."
"I don't want to miss anything," Wiggins explained. "I feel that a principal needs to be
visible to the parents, students and community. It is also extremely rewarding to be
a part of everything."
Wiggins graduated from Berry College with the idea of helping children, and found that
Opportunity from Pre-K through high school, but said she has found a home at Rockmart
"I feel privileged to be a part of the fire of excitement and enthusiasm that burns brightly on this campus," she explained.
Wiggins believes more wonderful things will be in the news about RMS. She also
anticipates the day when the announcement comes that Rockmart Middle has been named
the Georgia School of Excellence.
"I don't believe we will have long to wait," she said.
She treasures every experience, including such events as Intercession, which was built
into the school calendar - three days in October and March 16-20.
Recently, 80 students took part in the sessions at RMS. A number of teachers
volunteered to spend the week instructing children who scored between 790 and 810 on last
year's CRCT in math or reading.
After she retires, Judy plans to spend more time with her family but emphasized
that she may still work with children.
"I believe I still have a lot I would like to give," she said.