Former A&M-Commerce coach named Cumby HS principal
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Don Madden sits at his desk as the new Cumby High School principal after being approved by the Cumby Independent School District board of trustees. Madden comes to Cumby from Commerce High School, where he served as a coach and taught science. The former football coach at what is now Texas A&M University-Commerce has a doctoral degree as well as two master’s degrees.
Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Aug. 3, 2005 -- Cumby Independent School District rounded out its staff recently with the addition of a new high school principal and a Spanish teacher, according to CISD Superintendent Bert Vandiver.

CISD board approved Don Madden as the new high school principal, effective immediately, at the recommendation of the superintendent and a campus committee.

“We’re real pleased to get him in,” said Vandiver, a 31-year educator who accepted the superintendent’s post within the past month after resigning as director of auxiliary services at Libery-Eyleau ISD, a post he held for two years. “We had a great interview. My committee thinks he’s the cat’s meow, so to speak.”

Madden comes to Cumby from Commerce High School, where he served as a coach and taught science. This marks Madden’s first position as a principal.

Before he began teaching high school, Madden served as director of the intramural program and was a football coach at what is now Texas A&M University-Commerce. Madden is an East Texas State University alumnus, where he played football. He has a doctoral degree as well as two master’s degrees in curriculum and administration/leadership.

“I found him to be very pleasant, a real nice individual,” Vandiver said Friday. “With his doctor’s and master’s degrees he comes high qualified and well versed.”

Madden hit the ground running at Cumby and was already entrenched in his learning and carrying out duties Friday. Right off the bat, he helped locate, then hired, a new Spanish teacher, only one of many new staff members hired over the summer who will report for duty Aug. 15 at Cumby ISD.

Students will begin classes on Aug. 22.

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