Southworth is “ready to use what I have learned” as new Paw Paw High School principal

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Paul Garrod • news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz
TAMMY SOUTHWORTH • Courier-Leader photo/Paul Garrod

   PAW PAW - After serving 11 years as Paw Paw High School’s  assistant principal, Tammy Southworth was hired to be  the district’s new high school principal by the Paw Paw Board of Education on June 12.
   Southworth was named the district’s assistant principal in 2008, following the death of Jan Groenland, assistant high school principal. Prior to coming to Paw Paw, she had taught English and math for 13 years in the Three Rivers, MI, School District.
   Southworth and her husband, district residents, have two children, a seventh grader and sophomore, attending Paw Paw Public Schools.
   “I am excited to take this step into the principal role here at Paw Paw High School,” Southworth said. “This is a great school and a great district, and I’m happy to call it home. I appreciate the faith that Richard Reo (district superintendent-elect) and the board of education have shown in me, allowing me the opportunity to use my skills and knowledge to lead this building. I have had some tremendous role models and mentors, and I am ready to use what I have learned from each one to serve PPHS in a new capacity.”
   Southworth said of Reo, “He’s a quality person and a strong leader. I’m excited to see him take that to the district level. I learned a lot from him this year.”
   Southworth, who will begin her new duties July 1, as will Reo, said she will be busy in the coming weeks, seeking a new assistant principal, as well as a new secretary.
   Southworth said assistant principal interviews will be scheduled in July, with the position expected to be filled by August. She’ll also be busy hiring new teachers to fill several vacancies from retirements and resignations.
   The school district will implement a couple of new changes  this fall, adding five minutes to the high school time schedule, and adding enrichment opportunities to the high school.
   Southworth said the high school class time will begin at 7:40 a.m. instead of 7:35 a.m. She said that the five minute difference is intended to help alleviate transportation issues at the district buildings for busses and those driving to the high school.
   “The high school will offer enrichment and intervention opportunities, morning and afternoon pride time, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while continuing to have its standard, six-period days on Mondays, Wednesdays, and  Fridays,” said Southworth.
   Southworth said “We feel we’ve done a great job in getting the students  college ready. We’ll give them some opportunity for community ready.
   “We’ll have community members come in and talk to the students, while not sacrificing  academic time,” Southworth continued. “We’ll be protecting academic time, but making time for enrichment opportunities, while making community connections.”

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