When Navasota High School Principal Derek Bowman begins the new school year Monday, he will do so as the Region 6 High School Principal of the Year.

Though it’s his name on the award from the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, he said “I couldn’t have done it without my staff here. We have the greatest assistant principal, administration team and the greatest faculty around, so it’s definitely because of their hard work that I was able to win that.”

Bowman was recognized with the award during the Aug. 9 awards banquet at the Region 6 Education Service Center.

“I feel very honored,” he said. “I think anytime that you receive awards [of] that magnitude, it’s definitely an honor.”

This year will be Bowman’s 16th in the school district and his seventh as principal after starting his career as a teacher and coach.

“We’re very proud of Mr. Bowman and all of his staff and team there,” Navasota Superintendent Stu Musick said. “They do a great job, and it is well deserved.”

The Region 6 ESC covers 57 school districts and 11 charter schools in 15 counties, including Brazos, Grimes and Robertson. School administrators’ peers nominate and choose the winners of the TASSP region awards based on performance and leadership, according to a press release from the district.

“It’s exciting,” Bowman said of the recognition. “It’s just very humbling to be able to receive something like this.”

Taking the momentum of the award into the 2019-2020 school year, he said, it is a time to celebrate the gains the district had on its latest accountability scores and the progress being made at the middle and high school campuses.

“We’ve got a great community that’s very supportive of what we do here at the high school,” he said.

With multiple bond-related construction projects ongoing at the campuses, Musick said, Bowman and his staff “basically are going to have school on a construction site” as a new Career and Technical Education facility and science wing are constructed.

“They all have a great attitude about it and know that this year, while it’s going to be a little messy and a little bumpy, they’re still going to get the job done, and that at the end of this process it’s going to mean some really nice facilities and some really nice programs that we get to add for even more opportunities and paths that our students will be able to take,” Musick said.

“Not only our hopes, but our plans, is that we’re going to continue building on what we’ve been doing over the last few years,” Musick said, “and that is raising the bar and raising the expectations for the opportunities that we can offer our students throughout Navasota ISD, especially and specifically there at Navasota High School.”

As Bowman looks toward the start of another school year, he said his goal is to continue offering those opportunities to students with the district seeking to add veterinary medicine, automotive technology, cosmetology and engineering courses in the new and updated facilities.

“It’s a great time to be a Rattler,” he said.

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