Today's interview comes from junior Michael Wall.
Kevin Thomas graduated from Rossville-Alvin High School. He is currently the principal at Georgetown Ridge Farm High School.
What led you to become a principal?
I began my career as a teacher/coach at Rossville Alvin High School. Although teaching was enjoyable, I felt like administration presented yet another challenge for me in education.
What did you enjoy about our school when you were a student at Rossville?
I really liked the small town/small school atmosphere. Gained many lasting friendships throughout my years as a high school student.
What extra curricular activities were you involved in?
One of the advantages of being in a small school is having many opportunities outside the classroom. I was able to play football, basketball, track and field, and baseball. Some would say that I was pretty decent at the game of basketball. We were fortunate to have much success during my high school career within the basketball program. I was also a thespian and a member of the FFA. Good times at RA!
Who were some of your role models?
I was fortunate to have great role models in my life. I knew early on in my high school career, that I wanted to be a teacher. My grandmother (Verda Thomas) was a teacher in a one room school house and my cousin (Kathy Layden) was very successful as an educator. Both of those people were very high on my list of role models.
Were you ever a teacher before becoming a principal?
I was a teacher for six years in the science department at Rossville-Alvin High School. I also taught some Physical Education during my tenure there. Eventually moved out of the classroom and became Dean of Students and Athletic Director. I was also Head Basketball Coach and Track Coach.
How did you stay focused on your path to success as a principal?
You have to keep in mind what is best for students at all times as an administrator. If you can do that, success follows.