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2018 PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
ON THE DAY THE GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY
SCHOOL PRINCIPALS NAMED TOMMY WELCH THE 2018
GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR, HE KNEW
SOMETHING WAS OFF IN HIS SCHOOL.
Although it had become normal for visitors to take tours and learn how Meadowcreek High
School runs as smoothly as it does, Welch noticed names on the check-in list that seemed
unusual. Though he was well-prepared for the faculty meeting that afternoon, he realized several
of his top administrators were avoiding him throughout the day. As he approached the doorway,
he saw the district superintendent and state education officials. Then he saw his wife, daughter
and brother — and then his mother, who traveled from Buffalo, New York, to be there.
“At that point, I couldn’t contain myself anymore,” he said. “I lost it.”
The celebration was a surprise, but most of all, it was an affirmation of how far the school had
come. In the past, Meadowcreek hadn’t been known to collect many awards, but now the hard
work was finally paying off.