Bradley Tarrance is the new principal at Godwin Heights Middle School. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal.
Other positions you have held in education: Principal, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program charter school), San Antonio, Texas; ELA teacher, KIPP; teacher, Flint Community Schools; teacher, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville, North Carolina; basketball coach, KIPP
How about jobs outside education? Manager of Buffalo Wild Wings
Spouse/children: Lindsay, married nine years; daughter, Christina, 5; son, Maxwell, 1
Hobbies/Interests: Basketball, reading
What kind of kid were you in middle school? I enjoyed being active and connecting with kids of all different backgrounds. I got good grades, but broke the rules many times while in school (only got caught half the time).
The biggest lesson you have learned from students is… Relationships are everything. Respecting our children first and leveraging their strengths can go a long way. Children have a great BS meter, so be yourself.
If I could go back to school I would go to grade… 8, so I could learn U.S. history again in a way that mattered
If you walked into your new school building to theme music every day, what would the song be? “Take a Minute” by K’Naan