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Veteran educator selected to lead Ranger Nation

Posted July 1, 2020

McCowan EMS ISD is pleased to announce that Winston McCowan, Jr., has been selected as the new principal of Chisholm Trail High School. Currently serving as an assistant principal and special education administrator in Northwest ISD, McCowan brings more than 17 years of experience in education, with 12 of those spent in administration.  

McCowan began his career in 2003 as a Collin County Special Education Cooperative teacher. From 2004 to 2006, he served as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology intern and counselor for Titus County Shared Services while teaching as an adjunct psychology instructor at Northeast Texas Community College. He transitioned to Forney High School to become an intern assistant principal in 2006, then was promoted to assistant principal and special education administrator at John Tyler High School in 2009. He served in similar positions at Corsicana and Athens High Schools from 2010 to 2012. From 2012 to 2015, he served as principal at Athens Middle School before transitioning to his most recent role at Northwest High School. Additionally, his accolades include being named the 2009-2010 High School Assistant Principal of the Year for his region presented by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. 

"We are excited to have Mr. McCowan join the district as the new Chisholm Trail High School principal," said Dr. Linda Parker, deputy superintendent. "His experience in successful leadership, coupled with his outgoing, sincere personality, makes him an ideal fit for continuing to build on the success of the Ranger Nation. We look forward to all he will accomplish at CTHS and in EMS ISD." 

McCowan earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in secondary education, both from Texas A&M University-Commerce. The veteran educator will take over for current principal Walter Berringer, who is moving into central administration as the Executive Director of Secondary Services.  

“I believe that all students can learn when given a positive atmosphere that welcomes exploration and enhances motivation,” McCowan said. “An educator’s mission is to make school enjoyable and exciting. If students look forward to attending school, they will want to learn." 

McCowan and his wife, Lindsay, also an educator, are the proud parents of Noah, 13, and Brianna, 11. 

“This opportunity is truly a blessing, and I can’t wait to get to know the Ranger Family,” he said. 

McCowan officially begins his new role at CTHS on July 13.