North Ridge Elementary principal transitions from high school students

Transitioning from a position as assistant principal at Frenship High School to the principal of North Ridge Elementary School is less stressful than one might imagine.

Shannon Morrison, the new principal at North Ridge, said there are a lot of differences, with the best being the hugs from tiny students.

“I can’t even walk 10 feet without being mobbed by a bunch of little kindergartners. It kind of makes you feel like a rock star,” he said.

Even cafeteria duty is different.

“At the high school, you didn’t have to open up anybody’s ketchup,” Morrison said.

More seriously, he said he is dealing more with personnel and budget issues than he did at Frenship High School.

But Morrison is no stranger to elementary school. He taught elementary school at one time, and was a principal at an elementary in Borger. For a few years, he was even a director at Camp Balcones Springs near Austin.

“Coming back to elementary, it’s kind of like coming home,” he said. “It’s very comfortable.”

North Ridge, he said, is incredible. Teachers put a lot of time into their lessons and their students. Only one bus leaves the school each day because most students live within walking distance, he said.

“It’s a true community school,” he said.

Parents, teachers and students are “100 percent North Ridge,” Morrison said, adding “It’s nice to have that kind of involvement.”

Morrison said he believes the school halls will be a little easier to negotiate next year when about 200 students move to Legacy Elementary School, which is opening north of North Ridge. Assemblies and lunch will be a lot easier, he said. And parents will find it easier to pick up and drop off students.

“Everything will run more smoothly,” he said.

While Cheryl Booher, former North Ridge principal, starts her job of heading Legacy, she said Morrison is a great fit at North Ridge.

“Shannon is making a great impression out there,” she said.

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