Sulphur Springs High School Principal John McCullough has been named "Region VIII Principal of the Year." The honor also puts him in the running for "State Principal of the Year." McCullough is one of 20 principals nominated from across the state.
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SSHS Principal McCullough named region's best

He's one of 20 nominated for 'State Principal of the Year'

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

August 29, 2008 -Sulphur Springs High School Principal John McCullough recently received a regional honor as he was named Texas Association of Secondary School Principals' Region VIII Outstanding Principal of the Year.

McCullough, who recently began his second year as SSHS principal, will be recognized during the opening grand session of the annual Texas Association of Secondary Principals Summer Workshop in June 2009 at the Austin Convention Center. In addition to being presented an award, he will also be recognized in the commemorative booklet "Texas Principals, Texas Heroes." He also is eligible as a regional winner to compete for the state title of Texas Principal of the Year.

Outstanding principal awards are given in recognition of outstanding principals in each of the 20 regional education service centers in the state. School administrators are nominated and chosen by their peers, then selected based on exemplary performance and outstanding leadership, notes SSISD Superintendent Patsy Bolton.

McCullough took over the reigns at SSHS two years ago, following Chuck King's retirement. Prior to that he had assisted the principal and been a key member of the SSHS coaching staff.

He first earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University, then a master's of education degree in 1994 from the University of Texas at Tyler. McCullough completed his principal certification at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2005. He has been a member of the SSHS leadership team since the 2005-2006 school year.

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