On Saturday, King left the island and headed for her new job as Seward’s activities director.
“That night on the ferry there were over 30 kids down there. I cried my eyes out,” said King Thursday while on her way to a volunteer job at Denali National Park.
“It is hard for them, too. I have sort of been a surrogate mom for some of them.”
Six of King’s 13 years with the Kodiak Island Borough School District were spent as the high school’s activities director. The rest of the time she was a teacher.
“It was definitely a good training for me. I think anybody who is an AD in Kodiak for any amount of time could do a great job at any university,” King said.
“I’m pretty excited. I felt like I never really left the job. Fortunately, Steve Rounsaville and Bryan Ferris let me help way more then they probably wanted to.”
King was also the throwers’ coach for Kodiak’s track and field team for seven years.
“She knew the events well and she really had a good rapport with the kids,” Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar said.
“Before she came onboard one of the running coaches would help the throwers with technique. It was really nice to have a full-time coach with them. They are going to miss her a lot.”
King’s throwers are sprinkled all over Kodiak’s record books, but she said her greatest accomplishment was getting students out to throw.
“We got a lot of potential as a school,” King said. “Whether I was able to develop it or not, I would like to think I got kids excited about throwing and excited about track.”
King will be helping out Seward’s track and field team along with teaching two physical education classes.
King’s move to Seward was a sudden one.
“I randomly sold my house. I had an offer I couldn’t refuse. I started looking around and couldn’t find a place to rent. I went to go pick a storage unit and couldn’t find a storage unit,” King said. “I was like, you got to be kidding. There is some bigger force here.”
A friend sent King the application for Seward’s AD opening. She applied and the rest is history.
“I truly thought I would retire from teaching in Kodiak,” King said. “I’m still a little heartsick for Kodiak. I love that school, I love the kids and I love the community. I don’t regret any time that I spent there.”
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