SRU Good News for Dec. 7, 2009
Rock graduate becomes principal of Virginia high school
William Bates, a 1994 Slippery Rock University graduate, has been named the principal of Herdon High School in Herndon, Va. He began the job Tuesday, saying, "It was something I wanted so badly, and feel I worked pretty hard for."
Bates, who received a degree in therapeutic recreation from SRU, had been the assistant principal since 2007. He also supervised English, mathematics and security.
Bates told The Herndon Observer his educational philosophy emphasizes supporting students. He said students do respond to educators who go the extra mile to help them in the classroom, the arts and sports.
"Eventually, they see that your actions really value those things," he said.
Prior to joining Herdon High School, Bates served as an assistant principal at Centreville High School, also in northern Virginia.
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