Ladies and Gentleman,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you the latest members to join our Warrior Family:

Avesgus Tetterton attended high school in Washington, North Carolina where he excelled as a scholar and athlete in basketball. He earned a full basketball scholarship to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where he later received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with honors. He earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Texas Woman’s University. Mr. Tetterton holds a Standard Principal (Grades EC-12) certificate.

Mr. Tetterton is an instructional leader who brings experience from a multitude of environments, having taught in North Carolina, Alabama, and Texas. This varied exposure has expanded his instructional knowledge base and familiarity with different leadership styles. Over the past eight years, he has taught all essential subject areas in third and fourth grade, fifth grade reading, math, and science, sixth grade history and science, and seventh grade history. Mr. Tetterton holds a Standard Generalist (Grades 4-8) certificate.

Mr. Tetterton has a passion for assisting and motivating underprivileged and at-risk children. He easily develops rapport with the most challenging children and he prides himself on inspiring and motivating at-risk children. He has a firm and fair approach to disciplining children that is extremely effective. Mr. Tetterton developed and successfully implemented a character-based mentoring program for at-risk boys at his previous Middle School. He is looking forward to further developing the program.

As an administrator he hopes to inspire teachers. Through diligence, honor, and enthusiasm, his goal is to excite both teachers and students, whom he has the privilege to lead. He enthusiastically considers himself a life-long learner. As an educational leader, he aspires to encourage teachers to adopt a similar philosophy toward the goal of inspiring children to develop and maintain a thirst for knowledge. Mr. Tetterton is truly honored by the opportunity to serve as Assistant Principal at Watauga Middle School. Below, he is pictured with his infant daughter, Imani.

Our new part-time CHOIR Director:
Mary Helen Atkins taught in Birdville 16 years. She has been the head choir director at Smithfield Junior High, started the choir program at North Ridge Middle, the head choir director at Richland Middle and, most recently, the director at Haltom Middle. She has taught choir classes at every middle school in BISD! (Her claim to fame, though, is that she taught our beloved principal for one semester!)

She is currently the pianist at First Baptist Church, Hurst; formerly the pianist at First Baptist, Duncanville, and First Baptist, Euless.

Mary Helen’s hobbies include:
* community theater….musical director/pianist, actor
* studying American space program…….observed shuttle launches, researched and talked
with Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and shuttle astronauts, participated in adult space camp
and aviation programs, taught rocketry and space classes in “College for Kids” at

She has one daughter, Amy, who is a voice teacher in BISD, actress, and dancer/choreographer.
She is also the loving keeper of two cats – Zorro and Ophelia.
WMS is excited to have Mary Helen join our fabulous crew!

Greg McCutcheon is the previous Director of Bands at Waller Junior High School in Waller, Texas. Mr. McCutcheon graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Mr. McCutcheon began teaching in Waller ISD in the summer of 2005 and became the Director of bands for WJH in 2007. He previously taught in the Pasadena ISD. He was responsible for most aspects of the woodwind sections in the WISD band program. While teaching in Waller, ensembles under his direction/assistance earned numerous “Superior” ratings in the state of Texas.

Mr. McCutcheon has worked with several Western Pennsylvania bands, indoor colorguards and indoor percussion ensembles. He was a marching member of the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps and the 2002 DCI World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educator’s Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and Delta Omicron. WMS is truly honored to be Mr. McCutcheon’s new home!

Michael Franco is a recent graduate from the University of Texas El Paso. He recently received his Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Math/Science 4-8. He graduated from Clint High School in 2002, while never missing a day of school in his thirteen years of public education. He was very active in sports growing up and participated in football and basketball in high school. He has coached in youth sports for the past few summers. His favorite subject in school is Mathematics. He looks forward to implementing his knowledge of sports and academics with the Watauga Warriors.


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We have three more weeks of school… Yes, people– three.  You can try to discount it any way you so choose; but in stark reality, it is still THREE.

Keep your chin up.  Who quits in the 4th quarter?  (Don’t answer that. I’m well aware of the bitterness many of you feel about the Mavs, the Cowboys, the Stars, the Brahmas etc– I ran out of teams I can remember :))

Anyhoo- these last few weeks and your attitude will impact your students in ways you can’t imagine. You probably can imagine— so I actually beg you NOT to forget.  These children are between 11-15 years old.  They are kids.  Watch how you act around them and how they respond.  They’ll do what you wish if you ask with love.

The BREAK is here (almost!)

There is nothing like peer pressure to make you post a new blog. (Again, this is for you, GREG!)

It is Wednesday (the middle day in the week), a day of reflection: What did I accomplish in these last 48 hours?
What direction will I take today?
What will happen in the next 72 hours of this week?
Will this week wind up as one to remember or forget?

For me, this week is exciting! We are at what used to be the end of the semester. NOW- it is just the week before the Holiday Break. Now, it is students pumped with adrenaline at the thought of free time and presents. It is teachers pumped with “cast off kid energy that consumes the day” ready for their time to rejuvenate. It is a staff full from SNACK DAYS. It is F-U-N.

I dedicate this song to this week: