Board Approves DeSoto High School Principal

Board Approves DeSoto High School Principal
Posted on 06/25/2018
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At the June 25, 2018, special called meeting of the DeSoto Independent School District Board of Trustees, the Board approved the hire of Shon Joseph as the principal of DeSoto High School.

Joseph, who has been touted as a turn-around principal, comes to DeSoto ISD from Lancaster Independent School District’s Elsie Robertson Middle School where he reduced discipline incidents by 40 percent and led the school’s first increase in student achievement in two years.

Prior to his role in LISD, Joseph served with Dallas Independent School District central office’s School Leadership team.

Also while in Dallas ISD, Joseph served as the principal of South Oak Cliff High School where he developed programs that were instrumental in developing a positive culture and high engagement among students and staff while implementing initiatives that resulted in improved instructional strategies.

In addition to these roles, Joseph has held school leadership appointments in Little Elm ISD, Tyler ISD, Palestine ISD, and Wylie ISD.

Joseph is a long-time and highly-engaged general member and member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, a member of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, and is engaged in a number of other education and school administration related professional organizations.

Joseph maintains both a principal and superintendent’s certificate and describes his educational leadership philosophy as being founded in his dedication to improving and supporting teaching and learning.

“My innovative approach combined with a commitment to student engagement has led to improved student outcomes across all demographic subgroups within our global educational community,” said Joseph. “Throughout my career as a principal, I have focused on instruction and providing students the best curriculum possible.”

Joseph’s career highlights include his position as the first graduate of the Texas High School Initiative’s High School Principal Pilot Program sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the TASSP Region 7 High School Principal of the Year (2012); and the TASSP Region 10 High School Assistant Principal of the Year (2009).

The DeSoto High School principalship vacancy was posted nationally. More than 50 candidates applied for the position. Those applicants were narrowed to 18 applicants and screened through a video response process before the field was narrowed to a group of five finalists who were asked to extend a presentation to the hiring committee and complete a writing assignment. The finalists also participated in an interview with the interim superintendent prior to the recommendation to the Board. The hiring committee consisted of a district student, multiple district principals across various school levels, and three district administrators. The district also invited a parent who would serve in a dual role as a representative of the community to participate on the committee as well.