Feature Photo By: Dominique Harlan – Ms. Wolfe works diligently as she responds to her work emails. Many describe Ms. Wolfe as being hardworking and a major asset to RHS.
By: Dominique Harlan, Review Staff
To some, the concept of respect may be difficult to come by. Typically, it is given and received while also serving as a reminder to others that we are all human.
Principal Secretary and Office Manager Ms. Wolfe lives by this ideal from the time she wakes up in the morning with her three kids on her mind, to the time she gets ready for bed after a day’s work at Rangeview High School.
“Treat people with respect,” Ms. Wolfe states. “Respect is you get what you give, or at least that’s how it should be in matters of respect. You can tell somebody your feelings, but you can respect them while you do it — even when you disagree. Just remember that the person that you’re talking to is, in fact, a person, and you shouldn’t treat them lower than you; you should treat them as a human as you are.”
Before Ms. Wolfe came to Rangeview, she was a stay-at-home mom.
Ms. Wolfe said, “My three kids are the most important thing to me and I’ve wanted to be a mom since I was a little girl, and I think that that’s why I was born — I was born to be a mom, and that’s what I do best.”
Many say she not only embodies the concept of respect, but she does so with a genuine attitude that ultimately drives her passion: her three children, RHS students, and RHS staff.
Ms. Wolfe first arrived at Rangeview during the 2007-08 school year, working as a receptionist in the main office. Three years later, she found herself as the registrar, and today, she is primarily known as the principal’s secretary and office manager.
“I’m kind of the jack of all trades and master of none when it comes to the office and pretty much the building. I’m very aware of everything that goes on in the building,” said Ms. Wolfe.
Some of Ms. Wolfe’s responsibilities include: tending and taking care of Principal Fay’s calendar, supervising the clerical and classified staff, taking care of teachers when need be, and so forth.
“We have a great relationship. I grew up with three sisters, so there’s a little bit of each one of my sisters in her, so that’s always interesting when I catch moments of that,” Mr. Fay stated. “She is the engine that really runs this ship.”
Mrs. Ryan, the record keeper of the main office, has been working closely with Ms. Wolfe since 2011 and since then, their bond has blossomed.
“She’s a good person, has a big heart, and really does care about everybody that’s in this building from students, to teachers, to parents that walk in. She’s very passionate,” stated Mrs. Ryan. “Everybody that walks in here, she cares about and is an advocate for them.”
Last year, Ms. Wolfe got the opportunity to step outside of the office and work on a project that was more closely related to the students: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical.
Ms. Wolfe said, “The students are my favorite, the teachers are my second favorite. Last year was my first opportunity to direct a musical, and I get to do it again this year. That is like an absolute dream, to be able to actually work with students, to work really hard on a product and be able to show it to the public.”
Senior Donovan Strouse, a member of APA, remembers growing closer with Ms. Wolfe after last year’s musical.
Strouse stated, “She’s like a second mom to me, and if you ask any other theater kid, I’m sure they’d say the exact same thing. She is so kind and caring and always puts people before herself. She cares about theater, and when she has time, you’ll always find her in the auditorium. I love her, and the instant anyone meets her, they’ll fall in love as well,” adding, “I’ve said it once and I can say it a million times: I love Mrs. Wolfe so damn much– she is an angel.”
Described as a very trusting and easy person to talk to, Ms. Wolfe prides herself on one thing.
“The one thing that I think that I am is pretty genuine,” Ms. Wolfe said. ” I’m genuine with people. I’m harsh with words, but if I need to stay something I’m gonna try to find a way to tell you in a constructive way and not an abrupt way. I also don’t want to sugarcoat it so much that I don’t get my point across.”
Several loved ones of Ms. Wolfe agree that she is passionate, genuine and she loves what she does.
Mr. Fay said, “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her.”
Above all, many say she cares deeply about the well-being of those around her and has completely immersed herself into the Rangeview community with grace.