Curtis named new AP at LH Intermediate
By Dana Delgado
Josh Curtis, a junior high school coach and history teacher in his first year with the Liberty Hill Independent School District and former Flatonia ISD campus administrator, has been named the new assistant principal at Liberty Hill Intermediate School.
Curtis replaces Scott Copeland who accepted a position with the Round Rock ISD as the Assistant Director of Transportation. Curtis assumed his new responsibilities last week after being approved by the LHISD school board on Jan. 18, but will continue his basketball coaching duties through the end of the season in early February.
“It is very exciting,” said Curtis who moved to Liberty Hill just before the current school year to be closer to family. “Liberty Hill is a great school district and I got the blessings of everyone in my move from the junior high to the intermediate. The teachers, staff, front office personnel, and Mrs. (Kathy) Major (Intermediate School Principal) have been exceptional and welcomed me with open arms. The students have been amazing and have adapted well to the change as well.”
“Mr. Curtis is an excellent addition to the Intermediate and a great match for our students, teachers and programming,” said Major. “I look forward to a long and productive run with Mr. Curtis in our mission of transitioning elementary learners into secondary readiness.”
Curtis holds a bachelor’s degree from McMurry University with a major in history and a minor in English. His teaching certification was through an alternative certification program.
“I have always enjoyed WWII in history and just how the country was started from ideas and beliefs of common men,” Curtis said. “In English, I was always just a good essay writer so that led to my minor.”
The new assistant principal, who is in his 10th year in education, says he likes to “lead by example.”
“As a leader, I try to be fair and consistent and am always looking for ways to help the school become the best,” he added. “I see myself as a leader that wants to work side by side with the teachers and staff. I want to be there for them because they make everything possible and are the backbone of the school.”
His previous experience in school administration was at Flatonia where he got his unforeseen start as a school leader of the small junior high and high school.
“It was by luck,” said Curtis who had been coaching at the time. “The principal had complications due to a pregnancy and the superintendent asked me to step in as interim for the year. It was hectic being thrown into the fire while still serving as athletic coordinator. I learned fast and on the run and I learned to always do what you think is right.”
Curtis said that the experience taught him to be more patient and made him realize that school administration was where he really wanted to be. When the principal did not return to her position after that school year, Curtis earned an interview and got the principal position outright while completing a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Lamar University.
“I like to be in a leadership position and like to help out in every way possible,” he said.
Curtis began his career in 2006 in Louise as an English Language Arts Teacher and coached basketball, football, track and baseball and then moved to Flatonia ISD in 2009 where he worked for the next six years.
During his tenure as a coach over the last 10 years, he guided various athletes to great success including a state pole vault champion in 2014, a state silver medalist relay team in 2010, and a 2010 winner of the Texas High School Ford Tough Player Award.
“I’ll miss all the games and players but I know I can carry the sports ideals to administration,” he said.
Curtis is a native of Baird where he was an All-State receiver and played in the FCA (Football Coaches Association) All-Star game held in Abilene that year. At McMurry University, he was captain of the football team his senior year, was named an All-Conference receiver, and still holds a number of school records including career reception yards and career receptions. It was through these experiences that he learned his “instinctive discipline along with his team and work ethics.”
His father, Eddie Curtis, has also had a major impact on him.
“My dad was an influence on me by teaching me manners, respect, and the value of hard work,” said Curtis who above all relishes his own role of being a father. “I’m always a dad first. My greatest accomplishment and yet most challenging responsibility is that of being a parent to my two young children, Aisley and Jaxon.”
Although still a bit young, the two will likely be joining dad on his favorite past times – hunting, fishing, attending college sporting events and perhaps, a weekend on the links.