Get To Know Our New Principal
Apex High has lots of new teachers this year and even a new principal, Mrs. Hofmann. She has only been with us for a short time but has already contributed so much to the school.
Q- What is your experience in being a principal?
A- “I became an assistant principal at Cary High, and so that was in 2007, I started there. And then in 2015, I got my first school and become principal at Salem Middle School, and now I am here, the crème de la crème, right at Apex High.”
Q- What’s the biggest difference in being the principal of a middle school versus a high school?
A- “So far, I’ve noticed the biggest difference being the lack of drama, I mean high schoolers, they have goals, they know what they’re doing, they’ve got a plan, they’ve got direction, and you guys are pretty independent. So, it’s been really fun to kinda interact with students and not have the drama that comes along with middle school.”
Q- So, are you from North Carolina?
A- “No, I’m actually originally from, I grew up in upstate New York outside of the Binghamton area, and I went to school out in Buffalo. I went to SUNY Fredonia, and after four years of Lake Erie and lake-effect snow and the tundra that is known as Buffalo, my roommates and I said, “We are going to move South”, and so we picked Raleigh, North Carolina, and I’ve been here ever since.”
Q- How do you like the new school so far? Is it your expectations?
A- “It’s like a dream come true to not only be the principal of Apex High School, which is like the top school but also to have this brand new campus, which anybody whom I have taken around to show it off, as this reminds me of a college campus, it is just so beautiful and it is so exciting to be apart of the opening of the homecoming of Apex High.”
Q- What are your hobbies outside of school?
A- “Outside of school I am a runner. I ran track all through high school, all through college, and I just kept running. Then I was a track coach at Millbrook High School when I was a teacher, so I still do that on the side. I am also a handbell ringer. I ring handbells in my church choir. Way back I used to be a member of the Raleigh Ringers, which was a nationally known group that toured the country and toured the world, and that was a ton of fun to be apart of that group. And of course, I love to read. So I’m always reading.”
Q- What are your favorite movies and books?
A- “I can’t remember the last time I went to a movie. Haven’t had a whole lot of time for that, but I would say, I’m an ‘80s girl through and through so I like Top Gun, how can you ever go wrong? And so my books, I have really enjoyed lately Brene Brown. I don’t know if you know her; she’s a famous psychologist and researcher, and so she does a lot of leadership, and so she has been my favorite read lately.”
Q- What advice would you give students just coming into high school?
A- “I would give them the advice to be open to everything. To not come in with a mindset to really be open. Listen to every point of view, listen to all the opportunities, take advantage of all opportunities. Get involved in lots of different opportunities, so that when you’re done with high school, you have an idea of what your true passions are so that you can then pursue them and have a great successful life.”
Q- What were you like as a student?
A- “So, I was very involved. I was a three-sport athlete, but I also went to college to originally being a music major, so I was also very involved in the marching band and in the orchestra. I was in student government, so I was very social, I enjoyed hanging out with my friends. I was just very involved, I think, and enjoyed being with people and being with all the minds of people.”
Q- What do you think the students think of you?
A- “Well I would hope that they see me as somebody who is approachable, somebody who is there to support then, I’m in their corner. I want the best for them. I think that probably because I have a lot of Salem Middle School students here, they would say probably that I am kind, but I also have high expectations,s and I want you to follow the rules.”
Q- Who or what has inspired you?
A- “I always fall back on my mom and dad. My dad is a person of very strong convictions. He is somebody who really has very strong beliefs. And then my mom is the most even-keel, nothing ever phases her; she is so practical and just always has the answer. She’s the one I always go to when I’m like “what do I do?” It’s like she has so much wisdom, so I couldn’t imagine me being where I am without the love and support of my parents.”
Q- What are some pet peeves you have?
A- “People who don’t use their blinkers, that really makes me a little nuts, like I can’t read your mind, so please tell me what you’re gonna do. Oh, gum, there’s nothing worse than stepping on the gum. If you’re done with your gum, threw it in the garbage can. I hate to end up sitting in it; it’s just gross.”
After interviewing Ms. Hofmann she seems to really enjoy the school so far and is very excited to be here. She has lots of hobbies outside of school but enjoys being here just as much. She seems to be very kind, as long as you don’t put your gum under the chairs.