Troup High School announces new principal

Published 4:23 pm Friday, June 2, 2023

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Troup County High School has announced its new principal.

The Troup County School System announced Friday afternoon that Chet Stewart was named the principal of THS. He will replace Niki Watts, who announced on May 12 that she had taken another position outside the school system.

Stewart competed against four strong candidates during interviews on Thursday, according to the press release.

The interview process included two interview committees. The secondary committee was led by the Chief Talent Officer for Troup County Schools. This committee was composed of two teachers, two classified staff members, two parents, two students and one assistant principal from Troup High School. The primary committee consisted of the superintendent, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, two administrators from THS feeder schools, two THS teachers, and six members of the district leadership team.

Stewart currently serves as a math teacher at Troup High School, joining the THS family during the 2022-2023 school year. He has 27 years of educational experience. Stewart served as a high school and middle school math teacher for 12 years in Wetumpka, Alabama. He then moved into school administration in 2007, serving in the roles of assistant Principal and principal for a total of 16 years in Tallassee, Alabama.

Mr. Stewart stated the following in his application materials: “As leaders, if we instill in our students the belief that they can be successful while providing them with diverse educational opportunities, we have greatly increased their chances of becoming productive members of society. I want to motivate, inspire, challenge, and mold young people. If I can change one heart, one mind, or one soul, then I have made a difference.”

“Stewart’s vast educational leadership experience and his servant leadership philosophy make him an ideal candidate to lead the Troup High School family,” said Superintendent Brian Shumate in a memo written to the Troup County School Board.