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Phil Pfuehler photo Rita Humbert brings three decades' worth of teaching and administrative experience as she quickly assumes the role of Westside Elementary School acting principal. She was born and raised in Altoona.

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There was very little homework preparation before Rita Humbert became acting principal at Westside Elementary School. Because of Mike Ballard's resignation in mid-August, the vacancy appeared weeks before the start of the 2010-11 school year.


The 52-year-old Humbert won't deny she has lots to learn about her new school and community, but she's undaunted.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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