District honors its principals
In honor of National Principals Month in October, Pearland Independent School District salutes the 23 administrators who guide its schools with a focus on students first.
The district joins community members in thanking these school leaders for their efforts to ensure a safe, inclusive learning environment for more than 21,500 students.
Principals oversee all areas of campus life -- from staffing decisions and evaluations to team-building, curriculum evaluation, budget and facility maintenance.
They set the academic tone for the campus, working with teachers to maintain high instructional standards and inspiring students to overcome challenges to reach their goals.
With everything they juggle on a daily basis, it’s evident principals love what they do.
Brad Hayes, Alexander Middle School principal and 2019 Elementary Principal of the Year, strives to create a campus that students, teachers and staff love.
“My vision is of a campus in which students feel connected to their peers and teachers and the faculty truly feels like this is a work family,” Hayes said. “It is of a campus of mutual respect in which our school community works hand in hand with parents to provide the best educational experience for their child. I also want the students to know that there is nothing that will stand between them and their dreams. Knowing that we have that opportunity to inspire kids every day keeps me motivated.”
Dr. Charles Allen, Pearland Junior High East principal and 2019 Secondary Principal of the Year, is motivated daily by seeing the growth of his students.
“Every principal at Pearland ISD gets up every day attempting to make the best decisions possible for each child in their building,” he said. “I’m motivated by the important role that I play in ensuring that PJH East is a safe place for students to not only learn the curriculum but to also grow in the values of truth, honor and integrity. It takes an entire campus to be effective, but as the principal, I understand that my leadership is what drives our success and I do not take that for granted.”
To become a principal, an individual must hold a state certification, master’s degree in educational administration, three years of experience as a teacher and at least two years of experience in an instructional leadership role.