MEADOWCREEK HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
When asked about being the Promise of Gwinnett, Selam said, “Dr. Welch sees something in me and sees something in all of us as Promise of Gwinnett students as we share that same potential and inspiration that we have to others around us. The greatest impact has been our cultural pride and awareness, which has shaped who we are. Because of him, new students to our cluster now walk into our school with Mustang Pride.” My Le, Student Body Vice-President, added that “Dr. Welch connects to everyone around him, which has enhanced our experience as students. Anytime we have anything we would like to change, Dr. Welch is always willing to listen. You leave the conversation feeling mature and empowered to conqueror anything.” Both students have attended schools in the Meadowcreek Cluster since kindergarten.
The Principal of the Year recognition program is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals and Association Member Benefit Advisor (AMBA). As Gerogia’s Principal of the Year, Dr. Welch will represent the state in the competition for National Principal of the Year, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The Principal of the Year program recognizes principals who excel in educational leadership, resolving complex problems, developing self and others, and community service.
GASSP’s 1300 members across Georgia are extremely proud of the finalists. Melton Callahan, Executive Director of GASSP and JoAnn Bartoletti, Executive Director of NASSP, also offer their commendation for these outstanding school principals who personify excellence in providing quality leadership to their school communities.
“Meadowcreek is my second home – Like any household, Dr. Welch has always provided the resources for us to achieve success“ – Brittany Castaneda, Class of 2017 Salutatorian
“The challenges and opportunities that arise from education here at Meadowcreek High School unlocks out potential. Dr. Welch has passionately fostered this in all of us to ensure that we spend our time growing and learning when it matters most.” – Aljon Pineda, Class of 2017 Valedictorian
“Dr. Welch is always increasing the learning capacity with a positive approach for growth“ – Dr. Stefan Harris, Principal School Business Manager”
It is a high honor to have our very own Principal, Tommy T. Welch, Ph.D., named the 2018 Georgia High School Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP). Dr. Welch’s leadership skills are well known in the Meadowcreek School cluster, Gwinnett County Public Schools, and the State of Georgia. “The atmosphere of our school is brighter than ever. Dr. Welch has played a huge part in transforming our school and our cluster,” says Promise of Gwinnett Student and MHS Student Body President, Selam Tesfalem. “Dr. Welch has dedicated his life to the school improvement efforts of Meadowcreek High School. He is a true champion for kids and the truest Mustang to ever have walked the halls of Meadowcreek High School. His commitment to the school and community is admired by many in the field of education throughout the state. Dr. Welch’s leadership is authentic, sincere and steadfast,” says Mrs. Debbie Dees, Executive Director of School Improvement & Operations, Gwinnett County Public Schools. Dr. Welch focuses daily on teaching and learning as he is driven to improve achievement for all students in our school. Some of the school’s achievements under Dr. Welch’s leadership include over a 22% graduation rate increase, over 40% increase in SAT scores, GaDOE honored AP Humanities & STEM school, Founding principal of Meadowcreek U (College and Career Academies) and many more.
Dr. Welch was one of five finalists selected from a large pool of applicants. The application was an extensive review of the performance of their school based on data provided by the applicants. The finalists went through an interview in Athens to determine the Georgia Principal of the Year.
“Dr. Welch connects to everyone around him, which has enhanced our experience as students“ – My Le, 2017 Student Body Vice – President
Tommy T. Welch was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He came to the Atlanta area to accept the opportunity to serve as a teacher for Meadowcreek HS in Gwinnett County Public Schools. During the time as a Social Studies teacher and coach he returned to school to obtain his Ed.S from Piedmont College, an add-on endorsement from UGA, and a Ph.D from Mercer University.
Yearning to expand his success in the classroom to more students he became an Assistant Principal. Dr. Welch has currently served as the principal of Meadowcreek High School for five years. Although he has been an educational leader for a while now, he remains a student and teacher at heart. Dr. Welch believes learning, is the greatest gift and opportunity we have. Dr. Welch is a firm believer that education is the foundation upon which all dreams can be built and each person can find lifelong success and happiness; with our public education system, each student has the opportunity to gain the skills necessary for full and successful participation in our rich 21st century global community.