Susan Wright didn’t have to win a statewide award in order for her peers to realize she is an outstanding educator.

Her work ethic made it obvious.

Wright recently was cited as the state’s Outstanding Middle School Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).

It doesn’t even matter that she’s no longer a principal.

Wright was serving as principal of Glen Rose Junior High School when she was nominated for the award last spring. She was promoted to assistant superintendent of instruction for the Glen Rose Independent School District in June to fill that position after Dr. Ellen Blair retired.

“She gives 110 percent in every endeavor and challenge that comes her way,” GRISD Superintendent Wayne Rotan said in commenting on the award, which the TASSP website says “seeks to recognize exemplary performance among campus level administrators in Texas.” 

Rotan said that Wright is an outstanding leader in curriculum and instruction.

“She is the type of person who will do an outstanding job in whatever role she takes,” Rotan said. “I’m very proud of her, and she is very deserving of this honor. She is a great asset to the Glen Rose ISD.”

Wright was nominated by the teachers on the GRJHS campus. She then had to send in an application along with a letter of reference. Next, she was among the final three nominees before being interviewed on Dec. 1 in Austin by TASSP officials and later being named as the statewide winner.

“I just was very overwhelmed,” Wright said of the award, which she will receive at a later date. “I feel strongly that I am accepting the award on behalf of the Glen Rose Junior High teachers. Anybody in that building could have won. I’m so fortunate to work with such dedicated teachers and students.”

Wright said she has always had a love for students, and for watching them grow.

“You have to always look at what is in the best interest of the students,” Wright said. “I want them to know the world is a great place, and there are opportunities out there if you can get an education.”

Wright was Glen Rose Junior High principal for six years, after serving as assistant high school principal at GRHS for six years. She is in her 28th year as an educator.

“It’s great. It’s awesome,” Wright said of her career. “I wouldn’t want to do anything different. I love being with the kids more than anybody could know. Where else can you make such a difference?”

Before coming to work in Glen Rose, Wright had coached and was an administrator for 16 years in her hometown, Plano. During her stint as head softball coach at Plano East, Wright once earned coach of the year.

Wright is married to rancher Bobby Wright. They have a daughter, fourth-grader Carly Jo Wright.