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Mrs. Valerie Payne
Interim Principal
Edgewood High School
903-896-4332 x:  8091 

October 7, 2019

Dear Bulldog Students, Staff, and Parents:

I am honored to have been selected as your Interim Principal for the remainder of school year 2019-20.  My career in education began many, many years ago and my continued passion for everything that goes on around a high school campus has now brought me out of retirement for the second time.  Upon hearing that I had accepted this position, a teacher from a previous school texted, “You just can’t stay away, can you?” I replied: a principal can retire and leave the building, but for some of us, the love of helping students achieve academic success, and the desire to mentor teachers as well as aspiring administrators never leaves the principal!

Everything that I have heard about Edgewood HIgh School, its students, staff, and community has been wonderful and positive.  That is where my focus will lie: on what is good and great about the Bulldog family and how we can build on, and enhance those attributes moving forward.  I am a servant leader at heart, but I will also hold each person on campus accountable. As we collectively strive to have every student reach their full potential in a safe, clean, and orderly facility, I invite all stakeholders to partner with me and my staff for what is best for our students.

I believe in, and work from, an open door policy.  I am very anxious to meet everyone, so if you come by and my office door is open, please come in.  If you cannot make it to campus and you have a question, a concern, or you want to share good news, please feel free to email or call me.

With deepest appreciation to all who have welcomed me with such warmth and kindness,

Valerie Payne  

Interim Principal

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