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Back to School: From the court to the principal’s office

By Jake Harris | Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Leadership is a way of life for Harold Colson, the new assistant principal at Bridgeport High School.

Harold Colson

Colson comes to Bridgeport after four years as the administrative intern for the assistant principal at Denton Guyer High School in Denton. He was also their girls basketball coach, where his combined four-year record with the Denton Guyer Wildcats was 50-24, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Colson says that there’s not a whole lot of difference between being a coach and being an assistant principal.

“You’re kind of your own boss when you’re in charge of a [sports] program – you’re in charge of the budget, you’re in charge of the discipline, the rules, you’re dealing with parents,” Colson said. “Working as a coach for so long and being the administrative intern really prepared me for both leadership roles.”

Colson said the move to administration was something he’d been thinking about doing for a while, but he wanted to make sure he had accomplished everything he wanted to as a coach before making that leap.

“They say when you’re a coach, you have to get that coaching blood out of you, so to speak, and to lose that itch for coaching,” Colson said. “I’ve been coachng for about 16 years, and I felt like I had done everything I wanted to do. This just felt like it was a natural transition for me.”

Colson still lives in Denton and commutes every day to work in Bridgeport. He said he is excited to start becoming “a part of the fabric” at Bridgeport High and he looks forward to leading the students, staff and faculty.

“I’ve never been a person who’s shied away from a leadership role, so that’s what I’m looking forward to the most.”

NEW HIRES

District-level

  • Roger Eagle – technology

Bridgeport Elementary School

  • Judith Jiminez – bilingual teacher
  • Jorge Arzuaga – bilingual teacher
  • Kim Farrow – coach
  • Amber Coffee – first grade
  • Amy Cade – second grade
  • Kara Hays – fourth grade
  • Juana Alvarez – fourth grade
  • Heather Tankursley – third grade

Bridgeport Intermediate School

  • Ileana Otero – bilingual teacher
  • Emilio Rios Jiminez – music
  • Kendra Luco – special education

Bridgeport Middle School

  • Marla Vineyard – science
  • Haley Wilborn – English language arts/theater arts
  • Raymond Callaway – social studies teacher/coach
  • Barbara Quinn – math
  • Erica Weber – coach
  • Chad Berardi – math
  • Patina Berardi – social studies
  • Michael White – science teacher/coach
  • Shandie Carpenter – art
  • Rosa Uribe – teacher’s aide
  • Aundra Joyce – teacher’s aide

Bridgeport High School

  • Lauren Brazell – drama
  • Katy Mussulman – science/biology
  • Kevin Elliston – band director
  • Harold Colson – assistant principal
  • John Roller – social studies teacher/coach
  • Amy Anderson – English language arts/coach
  • Marquita O’Connor – ESL

Wise County Shared Services

  • Courtney Yates – special education
  • Ana Lomas – teacher’s aide
  • Ann Caddell – Occupational therapist
  • Lisa Barnett – Behavior Intervention Classroom teacher

DISTRICT AT A GLANCE

Bridgeport ISD

www.bridgeportisd.net

Tax rate: $1.235 per $100 valuation

Administration office
2107 15th St.
(940) 683-5124

Superintendent: Eddie Bland

School board members: Jim Bost, Charles Mauldin, Scott Stowers, Tom Talley, Lee Snodgrass, Scott Hiler and Steve Stanford

Bridgeport High School
One Maroon Drive
(940) 683-4064
Principal: Jaime Sturdivant
Lunch Price: $2.50

Bridgeport Middle School
702 17th St.
(940) 683-2273
Principal: Travis Whisenant
Lunch Price: $2.40
6th Grade Orientation: August 14, 6 p.m.
7th Grade Orientation: August 18, 6 p.m.
8th Grade Orientation: August 19, 5:30 p.m.

Bridgeport Intermediate
1400 U.S. 380
(940) 683-5784
Principal: Christy Velasquez
Lunch Price: $2.40
Meet Your New Teacher Night: August 22, 6 p.m.

Bridgeport Elementary
1408 Elementary Drive
(940) 683-5955
Principal: Martha Bock
Lunch Price: $2.25
Meet Your New Teacher Night: August 22, 5 p.m.

Bridgeport Alternative
Learning Center
1101 17th St.
(940) 683-1830
Principal: Jennifer Miller

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