CENTER, Mo. | Deacon Windsor began in career in education as a high school teacher and football coach at Mark Twain High School in 1994. He now returns as the new principal of the school after leaving his previous post in 1999.
Windsor accepted the position in February and served out the remainder of the 2019-20 school year as the Marion County R-2 superintendent.
Windsor said it is an honor and a privilege to take over as principal for Mark Twain High School.
“For me to come back here is a full circle for my career,” Windsor said. “This is where I'm going to end my career at and this is where I want to end my career at. This is a blessing for me and I hope I can do it a hell of a lot better than before.”
At his previous stint at Mark Twain High School, Windsor was a teacher, football head coach, track head coach and a junior high basketball coach.
Now back at Mark Twain High School after being away for 21 years, Windsor will work with current teachers and staff who he had previously taught.
“To come back and be with them at this level is an unbelievable feeling and I'm not sure why I'm so fortunate to have this,” Windsor said. “It's come my way and I jumped on it as soon as they offered me the contract.”
Windsor became interested in a career in education while he was a Paris High School student playing sports, and decided to pursue a career in teaching and coaching.
By the time Windsor graduated high school, he only had an athletic scholarship for Central Methodist University and no academic scholarships.
“I didn't have any kind of stellar record academically and my high school counselor told my mom I should go work at the local factory,” Windsor said. “That would had probably been a good choice, but I went ahead and became a much better student at Central Methodist.”
Windsor earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Central Methodist University in Fayette. He later earned a master's degree in administration at Quincy University.
Other education jobs Windsor worked include being assistant principal, head football coach and athletic director at Marcelline High School and serving as principal of South Shelby High School for 10 years.
Windsor said being a principal is a better fit for him than being a superintendent, both personally and professionally.
“It's kind of who I am, I'm kind of a people person and a talker and a guy who is always around the kids,” Windsor said. “As the superintendent, those are still things you could do obviously, but there's not as much (time) to build those relationships, which really bothered me. You deal with insurance and schedules, so superintendent was just not something that made me excited professionally.”
As the 2020-21 school year approaches, Windsor is looking forward to students being able to come back on campus.
“We have a plan (regarding COVID-19 protocols),” Windsor said. “Our biggest thing is getting students and teachers back on campus and getting back into the normal routine.”