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Washington County High School has filled its athletic trainer position after Jenna Meyer stepped down last month after two years on the job to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Indianapolis.
In steps Kelsey Marburger, who comes to Central Kentucky from a small town 40 minutes north of Pittsburgh.
Marburger said she hails from an area similar to Springfield in the sense that it’s very rural, with plenty of farms and agriculture, so adjusting to the Washington County way of life may not be as difficult as expected.
She’s a graduate of Mercyhurst College in Erie, Penn., where she worked for two years upon graduation, before taking a job at Grove City High School -- also in Pennsylvania -- for one year before applying for the opening at WC. Marburger said her experiences to this point have her prepared for a new challenge, but she knows each job has its own unique aspects.
“I’ve learned a lot that’s going to help me, but I know there are going to be some things happen where I’m like, ‘Wow, I’ve never dealt with this before,’” she said.
Marburger found the WCHS opening posted on an athletic training job board, and spoke to a few relatives to determine if a move to Kentucky is something she’d be willing to try.
“I have relatives that live in Louisville and through talking to them I found out it was close, so I thought I’d apply for it,” she said.
The first thing Marburger said she noticed, was exactly what Meyer said she’ll miss most when she departed earlier this year; the Washington County hospitality.
“The people have been great,” Marburger said. “Everyone has been so nice to me, from my landlord to my neighbors to the people I work with. People have offered to help with anything I need and everyone’s just been phenomenal.”
Naturally, she faced some angst about relocating 500 miles south, but friendly faces have helped her settle in quickly.
“I was a little bit apprehensive because the other two places that I’ve worked were within an hour-and-a-half of home, so there were some nerves coming into it, but it hasn’t been an issue being that far away,” she said.
Now, with the 2012-13 school year only a month away, Marburger said she’s just ready to get started.
“I’m so excited about it, I really am,” she said. “I’ve been looking for a full-time job for a while, so I’m really excited about being here, and like I said, everyone has been so nice and I look forward to working with them.”