BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School principal Diane Ziegler is retiring after 32 years at the end of December 2019.

Ziegler, according to a release, first served as an English instructor for 16 years before becoming supervisor of curriculum and instruction for eight years, and then principal.

Ziegler said in the release that she is planning to spend quality time with her family and give back to the community. She is also intending to do some travel.

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"I am pleased with the positive changes I have made to our school's culture and climate with both the students and the staff," she said in the release.

A number of changes were made during Ziegler's tenure, including creating an area to display students' accomplishments for SkillsUSA, Stellar Students and Scholar Athletes.

"During her nine years as principal, Diane ushered in the new Danielson and Stronge evaluations and helped teachers understand the importance of effective instruction," superintendent Dr. Chrys Harttraft said in the release. "These evaluations helped the school focus on continuous improvement in instructional strategies while increasing rigor. Most importantly, Diane remained focused on improving school-wide culture and climate, and provided multiple opportunities for student and staff activities."

"She also devoted her time to increasing parental involvement, whose activities enriched the educational community and solidified parental commitment to the school's goals," she added. "It is these aspects and others too voluminous to list, that makes us grateful for her contribution, while wishing her the best in her retirement."

Ziegler said she will miss the school community, the amazing community service projects and more.

"While the job of an educator has certainly changed over the years, at the end of the day, I feel very blessed to have worked in such a noble profession and one in which we are able to really make a positive difference in a student's life," she said.