Sulphur Springs trustees Friday afternoon approved the selection committee’s recommendation of Joshua Williams to fill the principal opening created earlier this month when Charles Alderman resigned as Sulphur Springs High School principal.
Alderman, hired in 2011 when John McCullough vacated the head desk at SSHS to become superintendent at Sulphur Bluff Independent School District, handed in his resignation earlier this month after accepting a position as curriculum director for Commerce school where Alderman’s parents were long-time educators.
The opening was posted two weeks ago. A selection committee consisting of top district administrators and SSHS teachers since then has screened and conducted interviews from the panel of applicants. Joshua Williams was recommended for the job. The school board during their special called meeting Friday officially accepted Alderman’s resignation and approved the hiring of Williams.
While Williams has never worked for Sulphur Springs Independent School District, he is no stranger to the area. He has a home in Cumby. He and his wife of 10 years, Val-Ann have a toddler named Jack.
The new high school principal has several years experience as an administrator, six of those at Rains ISD. For the last three years, he served as principal at Rains Intermediate School. Before that he spent a few years as middle school principal at Sunnyvale. Prior to Sunnyvale, he also spent three years as assistant principal at Rains High School. Williams began his career in education as a math teacher.
Education, however, was not his first career choice. He started out practicing as a CPA after attaining his accounting degree from Oklahoma State University. He then chose to continue his education at Baylor Law School, where he earned his juris doctorate.
“Upon graduation, I practiced civil trial law, but soon chose to pursue my passion for a career in education. Since that time, my seven years in education both as a teacher and as an administrator have been exceptionally rewarding, and I cannot imagine doing anything else,” Williams’ page on the Rains ISD website noted.
“He realized he was not enjoying doing it. He indicated at one point his goal was to earn money. As he continued, he decided that way was not quite as fulfilling and changed paths,” SSISD Superintendent Michael Lamb said Friday afternoon following the meeting.
According to the State Board of Education’s website, Williams first became certified to teach eighth through 12th grade math in 2005, a certification he held until 2011. He earned his principal’s certification for early childhood through 12th grade in 2006. He is current on both certifications until 2017.
Williams will begin work at SSHS on Monday, according to Lamb.
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