BLAKELY, Ga. (WDHN) — After 23 years and 3 months in the making, Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin is stepping down from her position as Superintendent of the Early County school system.

After meeting many people, making many connections and helping many students achieve success, Dr. Ragan-Martin says leaving the school system will be difficult.

“It is bittersweet because I enjoyed my time in Early County,” Superintendent Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin said. “It has been a special time, I’ve learned so much and built such wonderful relationships. It is bittersweet. I’ll be sad to leave, but I’m excited for this new role, new responsibilities and this new vision I have for rural Georgia.”

Out of all the connections she has made, she will miss the community that surrounds Early County school’s more than anything else.

“I love the people, the support. They are just wonderfully supportive and encouraging,” Dr. Ragan-Martin said. “We have done a lot of great work together and I’m going to say that’s what I’m going to miss the most.”

She has definitely made in impact on the people around her, including her colleague’s.

“She leaves a big gap, but she has trained us all well, she has been an excellent leader,” Interim Superintendent Jennifer Brown said. “And we hope to carry on the great work she began and keep students at the forefront of our decisions.”

And Dr. Ragan-Martin wanted to leave Early County with one phrase to show how her love for the school system.

“Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat,” Dr. Ragan-Martin said.

Dr. Regan-Martin will be the Deputy Superintendent for Rural Education and Innovation, under the Georgia Department of Education.