Flusche named president-elect for TEPSA

Darryl Flusche was recently named the district 17 president-elect of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. (Photo by Karen Michael)

Darryl Flusche, the director of elementary education for Frenship Independent School District, has been named the district 17 president-elect of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.

TEPSA provides leadership training, networking opportunities, information and support for school administrators.

The organization attempts to maintain a positive impact on legislators, policy makers, communities and other stakeholders to improve the quality of childhood and public education, according to information provided by Flusche.

Flusche said in the past, schools were very competitive with each other, but it is now more common for teachers, administrators and school districts to collaborate. TEPSA is an organization which helps administrators to network and share ideas on improving education and solving problems, he said.

Why did you choose to go into education?

“The love of learning, and wanting to create that feeling in other people.”

What was your first teaching job?

“In ’88, I started teaching math at Frenship Junior High. I loved it. I see the kids today that I taught. Some of them are teaching for us, which is great.”

Darryl Flusche

Origin: Born and raised in Idalou.
Education: Graduated from Idalou High School in 1984; Secondary education degree in math and computers from West Texas A&M University; Master’s degree from Texas Tech University.
Wife: Janet Flusche, a business computer applications teacher at Frenship High School.
Children: Tamara, 12, and Kyle, 15.
What did you want to be as a boy? “I was going to be an archaeologist. I was going to uncover the secrets of civilizations in the past.”

After five years in that job, why did you change to administration?

“It seemed to be, at that time, the next step of making a difference in kids’ lives was school administration. I had a lot of encouragement from my colleagues, ‘Darryl, you ought to be a principal.’ I finished up a master’s degree at (Texas) Tech in ’93. In that year, the district created an assistant elementary school principal position. It was at North Ridge Elementary. I applied for the job and was selected. I was very nervous about the change from junior high to elementary school kids, because I didn’t have any experience with elementary kids.”

What are the differences between the kids?

“The children’s behavioral situations are identical. They’re just on a smaller scale. And the children’s maturity with how to cope with that is what is different.”

What was your next step?

“In ’95, I had just the greatest experience of opening an elementary school and being the principal at Westwind Elementary. I was the principal there for eight years, eight incredible years. I can hardly describe in a few words that experience. It was just a tremendous experience.”

What is it like supervising and dealing with teachers?

“I loved it because we just developed relationships and fostered relationships and a professional atmosphere of respect. The teachers knew, I’m going to ask your opinion. I might not be able to use your suggestion, but I am going to ask your opinion. I want to know how you feel. Sure, I had to be their boss, their appraiser on classroom instruction. But we were all part of the team, focused on building kids’ lives, focused on building the whole community of that school. The teachers and I set expectations together, we cried and celebrated together. I loved working with teachers and all of the staff at the school.”

When did you decide to move on?

“My supervisor, the director of elementary education, announced her retirement. I was encouraged to apply for the position, to apply for that role, and was fortunate enough to be selected. It’s just been another tremendous experience professionally.”

What’s it like to not be so involved with students?

“That has to be the one thing I miss the most. As teacher and principal, you build relationships with kids under your supervision, and their families, whoever’s involved in each child’s life. There’s not as much opportunity in this position to be as involved, with five schools, six next year. Having that direct touch on kids’ lives is what I miss the most.”

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