In a special meeting last week, the Sealy ISD school board approved the promotion of Sealy High teacher Jamie Hofford from English teacher to assistant principal beginning next school year.
The promotion was passed unanimously by the board and Hofford will begin moving into her office over the summer months. Hofford said she was interested in taking an administrative position after serving as an instructional coach in the past.
“I really enjoyed helping other teachers teach better and I actually spoke with one of our assistant principals who encouraged me to seek out that next level to become a leader,” she said. “I went to Lamar University to get my master’s degree in general leadership and I’m about to get that done and we just happened to have an opening so I feel like it was the universe giving me a chance.”
Hofford applied for the job several months ago feeling that her previous experience had prepared her for the role. She interviewed for the position several weeks ago and was informed that she was chosen for the job a few days after the interview.
“I believe in Sealy and I want to keep it going as an amazing place so I went into the interview with passion and care for the school and I told them that I know where these teachers are coming from because I’ve been in the trenches with them for 17 years,” Hofford said. “I’m so excited they gave me the opportunity and I can’t wait to be the teachers’ support system so they can do their jobs right.”
Superintendent Sheryl Moore said while Hofford’s presence will be missed in the classroom, her potential as assistant principal was too good to be ignored.
“She is such a great teacher and it’s hard to take her out of the classroom but she is going to do a great job as an administrator and she has really earned this for herself,” Moore said.
Hofford said she sees the job as a responsibility to serve Sealy’s children in a better way.
“I see this as a valuable opportunity to serve the community and better serve our kids so they can reach their full potential and to be honest, I’m still a bit shell-shocked but I’m just so honored that I’ve been given this opportunity,” Hofford said. “I’m just excited to start helping out these kids and teachers and thankful I’ve been given the chance to do that.”