On the afternoon of Monday, July 13, the Alamance-Burlington School System announced to Mebane's Garrett Elementary School parents that Dan Habla had been hired as the new principal at Garrett Elementary. Habla has most recently served in the ABSS school system as an Assistant Principal at Alexander Wilson Elementary in Graham.
Habla is replacing Michelle Ammann, who was principal at Garrett for nine years. Ammann is retiring from the Alamance-Burlington School System and has accepted a new position at St. James High School in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Ammann also worked several years at Eastern Alamance High School, for a total of 14 years in Alamance County.
“I want to thank each one of you for your support,” Ammann said in a message to the Garrett Elementary and local community. “The decision was not an easy one because of my deep connection to our Gator Family: students, staff, and the greater Mebane community. I feel I was awarded a very special gift with the privilege of working in the Mebane community for the past fourteen years at Garrett and Eastern Alamance High School. Both schools are caring, loving and high quality schools that I will never forget.”
“My passion for teaching and love for students will continue during retirement. It is my life-long dream to live at the beach,” Ammann continued. “Although I will miss my Gator Family, I am looking forward to the challenges this new position has to offer,” she continued. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve as principal at Garrett Elementary since July 1, 2012. Words cannot express how much I have enjoyed the past nine years. Garrett is a very special place! Our students are kind, responsible, respectful and, most of all love to learn. My colleagues: our Garrett teachers and staff are the most dedicated, hardworking and caring group of educators I have ever worked with during my thirty years in education. Our parents and PTO are dedicated, supportive and always focused on doing what is best for all children. I thank you all.”