Principals honored during October for leading the way for campuses and district
OCTOBER 16, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NACOGDOCHES — School principals don’t get a fair shake as the lead school disciplinarian when depicted in movies as the “bumbling bad guy” or when former students only recall the dreaded visits to “the principal’s office.”
Principals provide much more than behavior modification in their role as a campus’ lead educator. They set the school’s tone, develop the vision and form the team that will help each student achieve success.
“Our principals are the key leaders of the district and have the most important jobs in the whole district,” said Nacogdoches Independent School District Superintendent Fred Hayes. “They make the campuses run well and that makes our district run well, too.”
Principals are known to work overtime to make their campuses smooth running operations. As U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show, 1 in 3 education administrators work more than 40 hours a week, some as much as 15 to 20 additional hours.
Nacogdoches principals are among those ranks with many putting in extra hours supervising school activities at nights and on the weekends.
To honor these often least recognized individuals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School principals declared October as National Principals Month
State legislatures and school districts across the nation also take time each year to acknowledge their dedication and efforts.
“Principals are more than just caretakers of our schools,” read a proclamation signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. “Principals are expected to be educational leaders, disciplinarians, community builders, spokesmen, budget analysts and guardians of policy mandates and initiatives.”
Perry encouraged all Texans to recognize the role principals play in the educational process.
The federal government acknowledges the month, as well. Officials with the U.S. Department of education spent the second week of October shadowing principals for a day to learn more about their work and how it contributes to achievement.
In addition, both the House and Senate introduced resolutions to recognize National Principals Month.
Do you know your principals?
Following is a list of Nacogdoches Independent School District campuses and the men and women who lead the path to achievement for NISD students:
• Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School — Rachel Johnson
• Emeline Carpenter Academy of Technology and Science —Hugh Perkins
• Fredonia Elementary School — Traci Barnes
• Martin Center School of Choice — Gerry Lockett
• McMichael Middle School — Kevan Webb
• Mike Moses Middle School — Tammy Pankratz
• Nacogdoches High School — Nathan Chaddick
• Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language — Bradley Durham
• Raguet Elementary School — Kristi Shofner
• Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts — Malinda Lindsey