With a unanimous vote on Monday night at a called meeting, the candidate for the Waxahachie High School principal was approved.

Brad Burns, who comes from the Lewisville Independent School District, was the person selected by the Waxahachie Independent School District’s administration and board of trustees.

After nearly a two and half month search, it was agreed by all involved in the search that the right candidate was selected.

“We are so excited about having Mr. Burns on board with us,” WISD Superintendent Tom Collins said.  “We felt we used diligence in finding him. We knew the minute he walked in for the interview, he was the right person for this job. We are looking forward to working with him.”

Mark Price, the board of trustees’ president, was in agreement with believing Burns was the right person for the job.

“I think we’ve really hit a home run for WHS and the community as we’ve chosen Brad Burns as our new principal for that campus,” Price said.

“He has extensive experience on the secondary level having been a former teacher. Brad and his family are looking forward to moving to this community and setting down some firm roots,” Price added. “He and his family have a history of owning land in Ellis County, and he has even taught in the area”

His experience and background

Burns began his career in the classroom in 1987 in Marietta, Okla., as a social studies and history teacher and has taught at the academic, honors and advanced placement levels.

He also served as a teacher and coach at both Cedar Hill ISD and Midlothian ISD.

After serving 10 years in the classroom, he moved into the principal position in 1998 at Palmer Middle School. In July 2000, Burns made the move to Lewisville ISD for 12 years. There he served as an assistant principal at Lewisville High School and principal at Arbor Creek Middle School.

In 2007, Burns was named principal at Lewisville High School, where he remained for the past five years until he was recently promoted to the coordinator of student services for the Lewisville ISD East Zones, which included the Hebron High School and The Colony High School feeder patterns.  

In all three schools where he served as principal, he moved the campuses from acceptable to recognized.  While at Lewisville High School, he increased National Merit, advanced placement and dual credit student participation and scores and was recognized by the Texas Education Agency for college readiness. The valedictorian of the Lewisville High School Class of 2009 was recognized by the White House as a Presidential Scholar.

Burns holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Oklahoma State University and a master of education degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds certifications in secondary physical education, social studies, anthropology, mid-management and superintendence. He is also trained in the professional development and appraisal systems and instructional leadership training.

Burns is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member of The Order of the Arrow, and a Future Farmers of America Honorary Chapter Farmer.  

He was named the Lewisville High School Band Honorary Alumni of the Year and has twice received the PTA Honorary Life Membership from the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers.

Burns has also received the Parent Teacher Association Golden Apple Award and was recognized by the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees with the Golden Apple Award for Service, Leadership and Training.

Looking to the future

WISD Board of Trustees Vice President Evelyn Coleman was impressed by Burns willingness to get on board and is looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish.

“I’m excited that we have someone who is excited to be here,” Coleman said. “That makes all of the difference in the world when you have someone who is looking forward to moving to a community of this size and looking forward to working with our students at Waxahachie High School.”

Trustees Floyd Bates Jr. felt like Burns brings a lot of credibility.  

“I’m really excited about the possibilities here,” Bates said. “I think he’ll be great for Waxahachie and our kids. I especially like the fact that he has ties to the agricultural programs. That certainly is a passion of mine, and it’s amazing to see the difference that can make in students’ lives.”

Burns voiced that same outlook as he talked about building a future with WISD.

”I’m excited about being a part of Waxahachie and being an Indian,” Burns said. “I’m also looking forward to being back here in Ellis County. I left here about 12 years ago, and I’m looking forward to being back here. I am thankful to Mr. Collins and the WISD Board of Trustees for entrusting me to help lead one of the finest high schools in Texas. My family and I are anxious to meet the WHS students, staff and community.”  

Burns and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters. Ally will be in ninth grade, Cassidy is an eighth grader and Bryten makes her debut in first grade this year.

     

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