Hall will be the principal at Corinth Middle School and McGaha will be an assistant principal at Horn Lake Middle School. My story, which is available by clicking the link above, had comments from McGaha. Hall, however, was out of the country on vacation and could not be reached for comment. I caught up with him on Sunday and have some quotes from him below.
On leaving Tupelo
“Tupelo is where I grew up. When I moved back, we were pregnant for our first child and needed support. I took a math job and later got into coaching. I ran cross country at Tupelo and played soccer, and it was neat to coach both.
We became plugged into the community. I was on the sports advisory board for Tupelo Parks and Recreation and we were involved in our church (West Main Church of Christ).
It is bittersweet to move away, but it is nice to have the opportunity to move up in my career.”
Hall has been an educator for 13 years and was in Tupelo for nine years. He spent 2.5 years as an assistant principal at Tupelo Middle School. Prior to that, he served as head coach for boys soccer and boys and girls cross-country and track and field. He also has coached football and slow-pitch softball and worked with adult runners training for marathons. Before he came to Tupelo, he worked in New Albany, Corinth and Florence.
“I always kept tabs in Corinth. It is where we started our lives together, and we’ve come full circle.”
I also asked him about his goals in his new job. He spoke of how much he learned from Tupelo Middle Principal Kristy Luse.
“I’m hoping I can carry a lot of Kristy’s leadership style. It has been an amazing opportunity to work under her. She is such a visionary and can see things coming before others do. She also can get a lot out of everyone. I’m hoping those are attributes I can carry with me.
“(TMS) is like one big family. People who aren’t in it don’t understand it. That is what is hard to leave. The staff is amazing. That was the toughest decision, leaving people you work for.”
Hall, who was very active in the running community in Tupelo, said he will continue to run in Corinth and will likely continue to cross paths with Tupelo runners.