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Bulloch's Unsung Heroes: The ‘principal’ trainer at Statesboro High

Kathy Hendrix has been assistant to last 9 principals

Bulloch's Unsung Heroes: The ‘principal’ trainer at Statesboro High

Bulloch's Unsung Heroes: The ‘principal’ trainer at Statesboro High

Kathy Hendrix is seen in her office a...

Note: The following is part of an occasional series about “unsung heroes” in the Bulloch County school system.

Some would say Kathy Hendrix is Statesboro High School's “principal” trainer. Whatever else her duties may have been over the last 24 years, she has worked as the assistant to the last nine principals at SHS.
Current Principal Dr. Marty Waters has known Hendrix since he started working at the school as a teacher in 1998. He assumed the top post in 2005, four years after being appointed assistant principal in 2001.
About Hendrix, Dr. Waters said, “She was the face of Statesboro High School when I came. I saw how she cared about everybody – be they faculty, staff or students. We’ve worked together alongside each other so long now that when we’re talking she can even finish my thoughts."
She has spent much of her life in and around SHS. After graduating from Statesboro with her childhood sweetheart Lee Hendrix, they got married. Both of their children, Jennifer Berghoff and David Hendrix, attended Statesboro High, too.
Finally, other than a short stint at Georgia Southern University in the registrar’s office, working as assistant to the principal at SHS is the only outside job she has held. Indeed, it was then-SHS principal Mason Moorer who convinced her to come to work for him at SHS. Kathy had worked with his wife while at GSU.
Hendrix believes that the path her life has taken is truly "directed by God." She believes very strongly that "He opens and closes doors in our lives and puts us where we are to be."
Both she and her husband's families have Primitive Baptist roots, and there are Strickland and Denmark preachers in their not-to-distant family lines: Elders John Strickland and Dan Denmark.
The high school itself has changed dramatically, especially since the move to the new building several years ago. After a moment's reflection, Hendrix said she misses the old building in some ways, as it was much smaller and you saw everyone all the time.
Now, with the much larger building and different grade levels separated, the personal contact with many of the students and faculty just isn’t there. But, she said, the new building is much safer and a lot easier to move around in.
The primary role she serves at SHS is to assist and support the principal in all of his duties. That means that she fields all of his calls, and organizes his daily calendar. As such, there is a constant clamor, both at her door and in her ear, for an opportunity to speak to the principal.
What would she change in her life if given the chance? "Nothing," she says, "for I have been blessed with a loving husband and wonderful children, and even at work I am surrounded by family: my mother works around the corner at Walmart, my daughter at GSU, and my son for the City of Statesboro."
Kathy shared that she understood how "Some people believe that living in just one place your whole life is leading too simple a life. However, it has been just right for me. I intend to live here and work at Statesboro High until God leads me elsewhere."

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