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Mrs. Tracey Widmann » Bio


Mrs. Widmann is the principal at McDowell Academy for Innovation and has been a principal for seven years. Interestingly, education was not her initial focus when she started college, but she could not be happier having moved into the education field. School is where her heart truly resides.  

When she started college, Mrs. Widmann was a science major. She attended the University of South Florida, which is where she earned her Bachelor's degree. However, while at USF, she changed her major to education with a focus on students with learning disabilities. Mrs. Widmann earned her Master’s degree from Appalachian State University. 

Mrs. Widmann’s chosen career is one that came out of a passion and inspiration to help others. She saw her brother’s struggles in school and wanted to make a difference for students like him, for school came quite easy to her. 

While living in Florida, Mrs. Widmann taught middle school English Language Arts and co-taught 8th grade Social Studies. Mrs. Widmann also taught high school English Language Arts and co-taught senior English. Mrs. Widmann relocated to McDowell County thirteen years ago. Since she’s been in McDowell County, she’s taught at McDowell High School, provided support to students served by the Exceptional Children’s program at McDowell Early College, and co-taught at the Alternative Education Center. 

Mrs. Widmann is a wonderful principal, but she also has a life outside of school. She enjoys spending time with her three children, hiking, gardening, knitting, and reading.  Her all time favorite book is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Mrs. Widmann cannot play any musical instruments, but she appreciates music. The music she listens to is a reflection of her mood at that given moment.  

Mrs. Widmann has a special leadership style at MAI.  She works very hard to lead the staff and students in creating a powerful school environment that stresses critical thinking and innovative teaching and learning.  She is supportive, has high expectations, and pushes students and staff to succeed.  

All in all, Mrs. Widmann is like the mom that brings us all together.  She will listen, let you cry on her shoulder when in need, but she expects her staff and students to work hard and grow each day.