New Principal Profile Q&A: Alvin Thomas, Tapp Middle School

Question: Why are you excited to join the Tapp Middle School community?
Answer: “Tapp is a direct feeder into McEachern High School. So, I’m excited because I get to stay in the McEachern High School community where I have been for the last four years, and I get to help both McEachern and Tapp grow and achieve the goal of student success. I also started my career off in a middle school.”

Question: What does student success look like?
Answer: “Student success is when students are happy about school and themselves. Student success is when students are ready for the next phase of being a student and ultimately adulthood.”

Question: Why is being an educator so important to you?
Answer: “I always knew that I wanted to work with people and inspire people and lead. Being from a small town, I realized the impact of education. I’m here because of school. I’m here because my teachers and my community invested in me. I wanted to be able to do that same thing for students. Education is who I am, it is what I am, and it is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life until I can’t do it anymore.”

Question: Where might parents and students find you in the community?
Answer: “I have a three-year-old daughter, and so, she is starting to venture into sports and dance. So, you will find me somewhere with her and my wife. My wife is an educator as well. I also enjoy exercising. So, you may see me out running.”