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By Mandy Bourgeois | Published Thursday, August 5, 2010

NEW PRINCIPAL - Paradise High School will be led by Shannon Saylor this school year. Saylor comes from Aubrey, where she has been a principal at Monaco Elementary School for two years. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Paradise High School will be under the leadership of a new principal this school year.

Shannon Saylor has taken the helm of the school after the departure of Scott McPherson and plans to build on the school’s success.

“This school already has a lot of wonderful things going on,” Saylor said. “I would love to make this one of the best high schools in Wise County.”

Saylor comes to Paradise after a 13-year career in Aubrey, where she was most recently principal of Dr. James Monaco Elementary School for two years.

She also served as principal at Aubrey Intermediate School for two years and was assistant principal at the high school for four years.

She was a counselor at the high school for one school year and head volleyball coach from August 1997 through May 2001.

Prior to her stint in Aubrey, Saylor was a teacher and coach at Lamar Middle School in Lewisville school district for two years.

Saylor said that the opening in Paradise afforded a chance to get back to the high school level.

“I’ve missed all the extracurricular activities that go on in high school,” she said.

Paradise’s size also played a part in Saylor’s decision.

“I started in Aubrey in 1997, and they’ve grown a lot. I wanted to get back to a 2A high school,” she said. “This small town community is very supportive. The staff is like family, and we have real good kids.”

Saylor’s first day was July 12 and she and her family – husband, Jon, son, Jevon, and daughter, Kaia – have been welcomed with open arms.

“Right now, I’m commuting from Aubrey. I’ve had people come forward and offer a room. We’re not even in Paradise yet, and they want to take care of us.”

Saylor’s children will attend Paradise schools next year, with Jevon entering ninth grade and Kaia going into third grade.

Saylor looks to build a career in Paradise and hopes to build on the school’s most recent “recognized” academic rating.

“I expect to have a great career here,” she said. “I plan to stay here for a long time.”

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