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October is National Principals Month


By Beverly Cockrell

CORRIGAN – A school principal's job is really never done. Not only does a principal oversee the general day-to-day operations of a campus, he or she also has to make sure that teachers, staff and students are doing what they are supposed to do. At the same time, a principal is always trying to find ways to ensure our children's educational experience is enjoyable, memorable and successful. This month has been designated as National Principals Month by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the American Federation of School Administrators. These organizations seek to recognize "the essential role that principals play in making a school great. Each October, NASSP, NAESP, and AFSA seek to honor these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education" (principalsmonth. org). Corrigan-Camden ISD is truly blessed to have caring and well qualified principals on every campus. At the elementary campus, Barbara Roden has spent over 14 years as an administrator at the elementary and primary campuses. This year, the elementary and primary campus was combined. Earlier in the school year, Roden reflected that it was her hope "parents, community and C-CISD employees will support this merger to make this a great transition for our school." Roden graduated from C-CHS in 1980 and received her undergraduate and Masters of Education at Stephen F. Austin State University. Robert Elliott, C-CISD Junior High Principal, is in his tenth year with the district and his eighth year as junior high principal. He graduated high school in Stamps, Arkansas. He received his degree from Southern Arkansas University and his masters from Stephen F. Austin State University. Elliott is also an assistant coach at C-CISD and that training comes in mighty handy from time to time. Elliott runs a "tight ship", yet the junior high students enjoy, and hold him in the highest esteem. C-CISD High School Principal Susan Torrez is essentially a hometown girl although she spent a few years in Silsbee ISD before her family settled in Corrigan in 1974. Torrez graduated Valedictorian in 1977, received her Bachelor of Science in Government from Sam Houston State University, her teacher certification at Stephen F. Austin State University, and her master's degree from Lamar University. In March of this year after 25 years of teaching social studies, and serving as the district's tech coordinator, Torrez became C-CHS Principal. Susan is often quoted as saying, "our school has the best students and teachers in the world." To all our principals in the district, thank you for all you do every day. We appreciate you.


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