As the school year comes to a close, so does Troy White’s time at the Manawa School District.
White and his family will be leaving the area, as he has taken a position as principal, at the Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District.
“This career move, gives me an opportunity not only to continue my current career goals, but also allows me to be closer to extended family,” he said.
White taught in Manawa for 10 years prior to becoming high school principal during the 2009-10 school year. During the 2010-11 school-years, he became principal to the middle school students, as well. In addition, he coached in the district for five years.
Reflecting for a moment, White recalls some of his favorite memories.
“The graduation ceremony last year was my first graduation as the principal and I was as excited and nervous as the graduates. I will never forget the speech given by Jordan Riesenberg. This young man and my son were good friends. I watched him grow up and seeing him captivate the audience with his speech celebrating and remembering many events my family and I lived through will be etched in my memory forever,” White said.
“As a teacher, I would say, indoor soccer tournament with the Spanish class, the middle school Quickball tournament, the golf driving range with the seniors, bowling at the bowling alley and rock climbing in Appleton. I could go on and on, but as you can see the memories all encompass one thing; participating in activities with the students,” he said. “As a coach, without a doubt beating Weyauwega at home in 2002 with the infamous 1-3-1 zone trap.”
White went on to say, “It has been my genuine pleasure to work for the School District of Manawa during these last 12 years; but especially in my role as high school principal under the direction and guidance of Mr. Duane Braun. My family and I have enjoyed working with the district’s fine staff of professionals, colleagues and students and will miss the relationships we have built.”
“I will be forever thankful to the administration/school board for allowing me an opportunity to move from my role of educator to administrator within the same district. I am hopeful that my performance equaled or exceeded their expectations of me.” He added, “I feel I grew tremendously as an educator, administrator and as a person. It was a pleasure and a privilege to serve the School District of Manawa.”
White’s last day within the Manawa School District will be on June 30.
“There is a tremendous amount of events we will miss, but the relationship with the students, staff, families and community members will be missed the most,” White said. “It has been very difficult to visit with students, speak with staff, or communicate with families and community members realizing those daily connections will not be there next year.”