‘A Great Place to Come Home To’: Tabatha Mires

Taylor Schoenberg, left, interviewsTabatha Mires. (Provided photo)

Taylor Schoenberg, left, interviewsTabatha Mires. (Provided photo)


This is the third of a series of profiles featured ahead of the sixth annual NCW Community Success Summit, which IRIS (Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship) is convening in Waterville on Nov. 12. This year’s theme, “A Great Place to Come Home To,” celebrates the return of people from multi-generational families to the community. It also welcomes the contributions and successes of more recent arrivals who have chosen to make their home here. For more information about the summit visit www.irisncw.org. To sample more stories about Waterville and other NCW communities, visit the Listening Post Network.

By Taylor Schoenberg

Mrs. Tabatha Mires has been here in Waterville almost all her whole life and graduated from Waterville High School in 1990.

She stated, “I was gone about five years and have been here about 38 years.” Tabatha has a wonderful answer for why Waterville is a great place to come home to. “This community, this school, the people and how you feel supported by all those pieces and how there is so much tradition and so much support,” she stated.

Tabatha explained how Waterville, in her opinion, is better now than when she was a teenager. She said, “Waterville has always been great but Waterville is better now than it was when I was a kid. I think because of the work with leadership and character and focus on our mission here. I think our students are more inclusive. I think they support one another more.”

Mires also added her attraction to the local landscape in that, “you forget how unique it is until you visit other places and come back and see Pine Canyon or Moses Coulee.”