By Kayleigh Rahn
Thursday, May 31 TCHS principal Brad Allen will empty his office and leave his desk for the final time.
Throughout his seven years at the helm of the school, he’s collected a variety of plaques, photos, and memories from his personal and professional life.
Those mementos cover the walls of his office. Photos with his two daughters and wife, sports team gear, and favorite quotes that give him a boost through the good and tough days at TCHS.
However, of the many quotes that are on display his favorite sits just above his desk along the south wall – “People may not remember exactly what you did or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
“I hope, if anything, I’ve had as much of a positive effect on the school and community as it has had on my family and me,” he said. “When we leave here there are people here –students, community members, faculty–who have had a lasting impression on us and we will always be grateful for that.”
Allen will leave TCHS this week for a new role at Prairie Central High School where he will take on a principalship at the Fairbury school. He says that leaving the Tuscola is bittersweet, but he’s anxious for the new opportunity.
“I know there is an opportunity right out of the gate to offer the same freshman orientation that we offer here and you can never have enough positive feedback and good news being sent home, and not only for the students for the faculty and co-workers as well,” Allen said of programs he hopes to carry with him. “After that it’s going to be an opportunity to work with multiple assistant principals and a director of special education.”
Allen came to Tuscola from St. Joseph-Ogden where he served as dean of students.
“I knew that I wanted my professional opportunities to go in the direction of administration and being a high school principal,” he said.
That’s when everything fell into place in Tuscola.
The full story can be found in the Wednesday, May 30 edition of The Tuscola Journal.