Darrell Daigle’s educational and career path has been a winding one. He was born and raised in Zion and attended Hebbardsville Elementary, Henderson County Middle School (now North Middle), and graduated from HCHS in 1976.
He attended Henderson Community College from 1976-78, where he attained an Associate of Science degree. His Bachelor of Arts in English is from Indiana State University, Evansville (now the University of Southern Indiana). He has a Master’s from USI in Secondary Education and a Rank 1 in Instructional Leadership/Administration from Western Kentucky University. He became certified to serve as a superintendent of schools through Murray State University.
According to Daigle, “HCC gave me the opportunity to advance my education because it was financially feasible for me to attend there. Most state universities were out of my financial reach, and honestly as the first in my family to attend college, HCC allowed me to learn the ropes while earning money to continue my education.
Some of my HCC instructors had great influence on me as I sought my path in life. E.L. “Buddy” Overfield would not give me higher than a “C” for my writing. I considered myself to be a good writer, but he told me I could do better, and I would get a better grade only when I did my best. Marianne Walker encouraged me to major in English and was a true mentor to me. Don Chapman also had words of wisdom he shared.
The foosball table in the student center was also an influence on me, as that was where a friend introduced me to my future bride. I met several other students there who became friends and beat me out of plenty of quarters.
HCC allowed me to begin to mature as a college student and a person. I enjoyed my two years there and learned invaluable lessons about how college worked. It would have been difficult for me to have been a successful educator without the jump start from Henderson Community College.”
Following his time as a teacher, coach, Dean of Students, assistant principal, and Blue Unit Principal at Henderson County High School, he moved in 2008 to the district office, serving three years as Director of Secondary Education and as Executive Director of Academic Services and Research. He is currently on a leave of absence from HCS and is working for the Kentucky Department of Education as a Distinguished Educator.