Our new head principal, Mr. Samples is from one of our very own high schools here in Mesquite, North Mesquite. He has an eye for academics and plans to bring a new light to it by starting the school year with the future of students in mind. Here’s a Q and A with our new head principal.
Chaznee Wyrick: What schools did you attend?
Mr. Samples: I went to Price elementary in Mesquite. I went to Vanston middle school and I went to North Mesquite
Wyrick: What college did you go to?
Mr. Samples: Ouachita Baptist University. I went there on a football scholarship. But, I graduated with my masters from Texas A&M Commerce.
Wyrick: What inspired you to be a principal?
Mr. Sample: I wanted to make a bigger impact outside of just my class room and I was also a coach. I thought I would have an opportunity to influence the masses a little better.
Wyrick: Besides being a coach, did you teach other subjects? If so, what did you teach?
Mr. Samples: Yes, I taught in social studies. I’ve taught world experience and world history.
Wyrick: How long did you teach?
Mr. Samples: I’ve had seven years as a teacher. I also coached for seven years.
Wyrick: How long have you been a principal?
Mr. Samples: This is my eleventh year as an administrator and my first year as a head principal. So, 10 years as an assistant principal and my first as a principal.
Wyrick: Where did you teach?
Mr. Samples: At Rockwall High School. I also coached at Cain middle school. And I was an AP in May Bank for a year.
Wyrick: What degree did you seek in college? Major? Minor?
Mr. Samples: My first two years were pre-med. I didn’t make enough time to spend in the lab so I didn’t have high enough grades to go to a medical school so I changed my major to history. I then majored in history and minored in social studies. Then, I got a Masters in Education and Administration.
Wyrick: What are your intentions for this year?
Mr. Samples: To challenge our students to take their academics seriously, to have a goal for themselves to look down the road as to where they want to be and also to create a passion and/or pride in our students that they go to Mesquite High school.
Wyrick: What do you want to change or add to Mesquite High school as being the new head principal?
Mr. Samples: I want a greater focus on academics and challenge each student to at least take one AP class or one dual credit or college class.
Wyrick: Is there anything that you’ve noticed over the past years that you would like to change?
Mr. Samples: School spirit has always been a big impact. I think when people are excited about what they’re involved in, whether it be UIL, academics, band or choir. The school gets excited about the different things that are going on.
Wyrick: What do you expect from the students of MHS this year?
Mr. Samples: For them not to ever be satisfied with mediocre. I want them to give their best effort in everything that they do so at the end of the day, they are satisfied with whatever the product is. And, at the end of their high school career, they feel like they are prepared to go to college.
Wyrick: What led you to teaching and becoming a principal?
Mr. Samples: My sister was in education before I was, about 2 years before. I saw how much she loved going to work. I felt like I would feel fulfilled each and every day by making an impact on at least one student. So, maybe changing the life of somebody in a different direction as to where they may have gone. If it was wrong to try and steer them in the right way.
Wyrick: What do you think you should do in your position?
Mr. Samples: I think I should challenge teachers to push students to their limits. Besides just challenging our students, but challenge the teachers to have those same expectations. We have a campus of roughly 200 teachers so energizing the teacher to feel like they can push forward whenever things are not going in the right direction.
It would appear that bringing back student pride and encouraging teachers to challenge students to go beyond mediocre are on the forefront of this years new head principal’s agenda. It seems that 2015 will be the year for Mesquite High to embrace the tradition and pride of being a “Skeeter”.