Check out the profile about Flower Mound High School 9th Grade Campus Principal Will Skelton, who discusses his favorite thing about his job; what he enjoys doing in his spare time; and gives some advice to someone who is interested in becoming a principal.
Lewisville ISD (LISD): What has been the experience as a new principal been like thus far?
Will Skelton (WS): The experience has been wonderful. I have enjoyed getting to know the students, parents and staff here at Flower Mound High School and at Shadow Ridge, Forestwood and McKamy Middle Schools. Whether it’s deciding what resources you need, structuring the master schedule or hiring new team members, being a part of something new is always exciting. The most rewarding part has been developing a culture of engagement and enthusiasm that will still be present even when our new campus is several years old.
LISD: What is your favorite thing about your job as an educator in LISD?
WS: The support we receive from our community and district is the best part of being an educator in LISD. As an administrator, I will often reach out to other principals and colleagues to collaborate and share ideas. Our district-level staff is also exceptional in providing technical support and resources.
LISD: What is something that most would not know about you?
WS: My friends and family know this, but many may not know that I am a musician. My father was a music educator and lifelong advocate for the arts. Music has been a major influence in my life, and many of the skills I utilize now as an administrator were formed during my years as a band director in LISD, as I learned from the best music educators in the field. I played trumpet professionally in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for many years, and still play the piano and guitar. Attending our students’ concerts, plays, musicals and art shows is always enjoyable for me.
LISD: What do you like to do in your spare time?
WS: In my spare time, I like to be with my wife and kids. We spend time grilling, swimming, playing in the backyard and traveling to see family and friends. I am also a sports fan and have always rooted for our home teams. Go Mavs, Cowboys and Rangers!
LISD: What piece of advice would you give to someone who is interested in becoming a principal or entering the education field?
WS: My advice would be to always keep kids at the center of every decision that is made, and to support your teachers every way you can. I would also say to focus on the relationships you build with students, families and colleagues. Some of my favorite moments as a teacher and administrator have come from students and teachers who have kept in touch with me over the years. It really is rewarding to help students along the way, and to watch them grow up to enjoy thriving and productive lives.