Bush top principal in Middle Tennessee

Friday, October 20, 2017
Marshall County High School Principal John Bush holds his awards recognizing him as the South Central Region and the Middle Grand Division Principal of the Year.
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John Bush missed the Marshall County School Board meeting on Monday night.

Normally the Marshall County High School principal would be there, but this evening counted as an excused absence.

Bush was in Nashville, where Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen recognized him as the 2017-18 Principal of the Year for the Middle Grand Division of Tennessee.

Bush said that he was shocked and humbled by the award but was quick to point out that credit for the award was not all his.

“Honestly, a blind monkey banging on a tambourine could look good as the principal of this school because I’ve got such a good team,” said Bush.

The award represented the efforts of the faculty and staff at MCHS, as well as the elementary and middle schools that prepare the students for high school, as much as it did his, Bush said.

Ultimately, credit belonged to the students at MCHS as well, he said.

“The higher we set the bar the more eager they are to achieve,” said Bush.

“We’re going to be a student focused school,” said Bush of the philosophy he promotes at MCHS. “That’s why we are having the success that we are.”

His efforts at building a community at MCHS, more than just a school, haven’t gone unnoticed among the students, either.

“That’s what meant the most to me,” said Bush, “when the kids were sending me tweets saying congratulations.”

“That’s who I’m here to serve,” he said. “That meant the world to me.”

Bush is in his fifth year at Marshall County High School. He is a native of Coffee County and was principal of Coffee County Central High School before coming here.

Principals are nominated by their peers for the award, which is open to all school leaders at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Bush said he was flattered just to be chosen for the area award, but then he was also selected for the award on a regional level. The South Central Tennessee region covers 14 counties and 16 different school districts.

Bush was then selected from the three regional winners in Middle Tennessee, encompassing 41 counties, including much larger school systems in Williamson, Davidson, and Rutherford Counties, as the winner for the Middle Grand Division.

As such, he was among the top three candidates for the state-level award, ultimately won by the principal of Ooltewah High School in East Tennessee.

Director of Schools Jacob Sorrells and the entire Marshall County Schools system were excited about the recognition for one of their own.

“He’s very deserving,” said Sorrells. “He works hard and has done a great job with his team at the high school. We are glad to have him in Marshall County.”