"I just followed my dreams."
Alabama native Jeffrey Torrence is taking over the principal’s office at Morris Slingluff Elementary School.
It's going on his third week and he says, so far so good.
"It’s going really great. Our faculty and staff, we have great faculty and staff. Our students here are awesome," said Torrence.
"We just feel like he fit perfectly into our family, he is so well with the children, he's that male role model that some of the children need that don't have at home and he has really been a good asset to our school," said Beth Mustin.
The education field is nothing new to Torrence.
"My father actually was a teacher and coach for 39 years. My mother was a third grade teacher for 36 years so I come from a family of educators."
And he's making the students at Morris Slingluff his extended family.
"A lot of our students when you talk to them, they don't have male role models in their lives so me being that male role model for these students I think is very important."
"I already feel that they see him as a mentor and a friend and someone that can lead them in the right direction. I think he'll really take our needs and our desires and our goals for education and really take it to the next level."
Torrence says he does not have plans at this point to change anything.