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Meet the Principal

Brave Nation,

I wanted to write you and share my excitement as we prepare for the 2018-19 school year.  I can’t wait to begin the year as the principal of Community High School!

A little bit about me professionally:

I am beginning my 20th year in education.  I grew up in Richardson and graduated from Berkner High School and Texas A&M. I returned to Richardson ISD and accepted my dream job of teaching English and coaching football and basketball.  After 11 years in the classroom, I transitioned to administration in 2010. I’ve been an AP and served the last five years as the Magnet Principal at Richardson High School where I supervised nine successful Magnet and CTE programs.

Personal LIfe:

I’m married to my wife, Sonya (a math teacher in Frisco ISD) and we have three children.  We will be celebrating our 16th anniversary in October.  My oldest daughter, Cori, is going to be a freshman at Wylie High School.  She plays club volleyball and that takes up most of her (our) time. My son Carter is 9 and struggles with epilepsy.  He enjoys playing baseball and LOVES video games. Our youngest daughter, Camryn, is a GT kid with a desire to try everything.  So far, that has included soccer, gymnastics, volleyball, art classes, dance, and her newest love is horses. We do our best to be a “normal” family, but some days it feels like the challenge doesn’t begin until after 4:00!  

My vision for CHS:

Since I was selected in April, I spent several days on campus getting to know students, staff, and the overall feel of the high school and CISD. I loved what I saw then, and I’m chomping at the bit to get involved and bring my enthusiasm and positivity to Community.  I want our students (and staff) to be “comfortably uncomfortable” in an environment that encourages taking a chance and getting out of our comfort zones in reference to student learning: this includes new strategies, incorporating real-world scenarios, and assigning hands-on activities whenever possible.  My main emphasis is to educate the WHOLE KID. My vision is to continue to give our students every opportunity to be responsible young adults during their time at CHS, while giving them the knowledge and experience to be productive citizens after graduation. I have high expectations for our CHS students to be encouraging and respectful toward others.  My intention is to make Community High School THE destination for staff and students…and it starts in August!  

My door is always open,

Mike

Westfall