GLEN ROSE – Good news continued to find its way to now-former Glen Rose Junior High Principal and newest GRISD Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Curriculum, Susie Wright after she was named TASSP ESC Region XI Outstanding Middle School Principal of the Year on Friday, June 3.

TASSP, which stands for the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes exemplary principals and assistant principals for each of 20 Education Service Center (ESC) regions each year. The winner of each region is eligible for the state title by the same name and, if chosen by the TASSP Principals Image Committee as the top principal in the state, is then eligible for the NASSP National Principal of the Year Award.

“Words cannot express my deepest gratitude for receiving this award,” said Wright, a graduate of Harding University and Master's recipient of Texas A&M Commerce. “I am very humbled and grateful. Honestly, the teachers and staff, through their hard work and dedication, have provided this opportunity for me. “

“This is one of my proudest moments,” Wright added.

A 27-year veteran educator with time spent at Plano and Glen Rose ISD, Wright has served as the GRJH principal since 2010.

According to the TASSP mission statement, the organization was founded in 1922 to “ensure that campus administrators serve as courageous transformative leaders and a unifying voice for all learners, through a dynamic network distinguished by sharp focus on professional development, proactive mindset of agility, innovation and decisiveness and an unrelenting commitment to student success.”

TASSP represents over 5,300 campus level administrators, according to its website, and ESC Region XI includes Cooke, Wise, Denton, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant, Erath, Hood, Johnson and Somervell Counties.

GRISD Superintendent G. Wayne Rotan received a similar honor in 2012 when he was named the ESC Region XI Superintendent of the Year.

The 2015-16 TASSP Principal of the Year will be announced Tuesday, June 14 during the Josten’s Night of the Stars Texas Heroes Dinner at the Hilton Austin Downtown, according to the TASSP website.

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Travis M. Smith, @travis5mith

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