After 35 years in public education, Saginaw High School Principal Karen Pressley announced that she will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Pressley has served 21 years of her tenured career in EMS ISD.
"When I first came to SHS, I shared that my goal was to continue building on the strong culture and climate of our campus to prepare every student for the opportunities that come in their lives," Pressley wrote in her announcement letter to parents. "I asked for your support, participation, and the opportunity to earn your trust. Since then, we have worked together to further the legacy of SHS and I’m pleased to say that we have much to celebrate! I am proud of our students and grateful to the teachers and staff who give so much of themselves each day for our kids."
Pressley began her career as a middle school English teacher and girls' coach in Lake Worth ISD. She taught at Northwest High School for 12 years before joining EMS ISD, where she taught elementary PE for five years and then served one year as a district administrative intern before being named assistant principal, and then principal, at Highland Middle School. She served students, staff, and families at Highland for 12 years until she was named principal of Saginaw High School in 2017.
While she admits she will greatly miss seeing the students and staff and interacting with them each day, she is looking forward to spending more time with her family, especially her husband and their four grandchildren.
"I have enjoyed getting to know the children and families in our community, and I cherish the friendships I have gained along the way," Pressley wrote. "Please know that SHS has a special place in my heart and that I will be a Rough Rider fan for life."
District leaders will immediately begin the search for a new principal, with the hope of introducing the next leader of Saginaw HS to the community this spring. Pressley will continue to serve as principal through the end of the school year to ensure a smooth transition.