Hayes Named Texas High School Principal of the Year
CCISD PRESS RELEASE
Clear Creek Independent School District
Office of Public Information
2425 East Main Street
League City, Texas 77573
Contact: Carrie Ann Taylor
Public Information Coordinator
Nov. 15, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Relationships, communication and success for all are trademarks of Dr. Fred Hayes, Texas High School Principal of the Year
League City, TEXAS—At Clear Creek High School there are three standards that are posted in every room:
Teaching and Learning for All
High Expectations for All
Respect for All
Meeting the needs of all students in every way is the philosophy of Clear Creek High School Principal Dr. Fred Hayes, the Texas High School Principal of the Year.
The award, given by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes the exemplary performance among campus level administrators in Texas. Hayes is the first principal at Clear Creek High School to have earned this honor.
“Receiving this award is a tremendous honor for Fred and his family, as well as his Clear Creek ISD family,” said Alex Torrez, Clear Creek ISD assistant superintendent of secondary education. “Those who work closely with Fred already recognized his leadership and dedication to educating students of Clear Creek ISD. Having his peers recognize the same characteristics and present him with the Principal of the Year Award is a special honor.”
This is the beginning of Hayes’ third year at Clear Creek High School. He has served as principal for two other Texas high schools before moving to Clear Creek. Hayes attended Baylor University where he earned his Ed.D. in Educational Administration and he earned his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler.
“I went into education because I wanted to have a positive influence on the lives of students, just like one of my teachers had on me,” Hayes said. “He showed me what a life of integrity and compassion can mean for a young person and that is what I hope to leave as my legacy.”
To achieve his goal of creating a positive, encouraging environment for his students, Hayes said he keeps the students’ concerns as the focal point of every decision he makes, by ensuring the culture of the school is respectful and making sure that every person on the campus knows they are valued.
“Dr. Hayes is a great guy,” said Lauren Pourghan, Clear Creek High School senior. “Whenever a student needs something, he is there to take care of his or her needs. He understands that some kids need more help than others and he will take the time for them. I see him talking to people on campus all of the time and I know that he is here for us.”
Hayes has had his hands full this year. His campus has had half the buildings demolished, the beginning of the campus rebuild, and a skyrocketing student population. The ability to stay in touch with the nearly 4,000 students, 273 staff members and the students parents is a trait that makes Hayes an extra special principal.
“He wants everyone to feel like a part of the Clear Creek family,” said PTSA President Cathy Donahoe. ”Dr. Hayes often asks, ‘How are things going?’ and you know when he asks that he is not expecting a polite response of ‘Fine.’ He would rather have the detailed version, including any concerns or positive inputs you might have to offer.”
In her letter of recommendation to the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Clear Creek High School journalism teacher Wynette Jameson said, “Dr. Hayes is a shining example of how important it is to listen to others and that it is essential in creating a team that works effectively and efficiently.”
For more information about Clear Creek ISD visit the district website at www.CCISD.net or call the Office of Public Information at (281) 284-0020.