Bush High School has new tradition of honoring principals with star awards (11/19/2019)
FORT BEND ISD (November 19, 2019) – Bush High School has started a new tradition that honors principals, specifically those who have had the distinct honor of being named Fort Bend ISD Secondary Principals of the Year, with “Walk of Fame” star awards. The school unveiled its first two stars in honor of former BHS principals Dr. Shirley Rose-Gilliam, 2006 Secondary Principal of the Year; and Dr. Cecilia Crear, 2018 Secondary Principal of the Year.
“I began this tradition to honor trailblazers, who have left a lasting impact on our school and ommunity,” said BHS Principal Felicia James.
Dr. Rose-Gilliam joined FBISD in 1989 as a teacher at Willowridge High School. Additionally, she served in various teaching and administrative roles at Elkins, Marshall and Kempner high schools, as well as McAuliffe Middle School. In 1998, she was named an FBISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Finalist and was a Region 4 Principal of the Year. After leaving FBISD after 25 years, she become principal at Houston ISD’s Wheatley High School and is currently a leadership coach for the Believe in the Possibilities Consulting Firm. While serving as principal at BHS, her motto was, Believe in the Possibilities.
“When I came to Bush High School, I helped build culture and climate so that students would love coming to school,” said Dr. Rose-Gillam. “After seven years, I was happy to see another female principal come in and take our school to the next level. Bush has had a great legacy of leadership over the years.”
Dr. Crear is a product of Fort Bend ISD, having attended Jones Elementary, Missouri City Middle School and Willowridge High School. She has more than 20 years of experience in education and has served as a principal, associate principal of instruction, assistant principal and teacher in FBISD and Alief ISD. She is currently executive principal of secondary schools and is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston. During her leadership at MHS, her motto was, Success and Nothing Less.
“My heart, blood, sweat and tears went into Bush High School during the six years I served as principal,” said Dr. Crear. “I appreciate Principal James and the Bush Broncos family for recognizing the school’s trailblazers, and I am proud to be among the first two honorees.”
Photo: Pictured (l-r) are: Dr. Shirley Rose-Gilliam, BHS Principal Felicia James, and Dr. Cecilia Crear.