By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Lee County school leaders have tapped Saltillo Elementary Principal Coke Magee as District Administrator of the Year.
“It’s an honor for me to be considered administrator of the year because I know the quality of people who make up this group in our district,” said Magee, who will now be a contender for the state administrator of the year.
Superintendent Jimmy Weeks praised Magee, who was selected for the award by his peers, as a principal who is fully committed to the well-being of his school.
“He wants wants what’s best for the children; he wants what’s best for the teachers,” Weeks said. “He’s a school man to the bone.”
Magee began his education career as a teacher and coach in Tishomingo County 18 years ago.
“It was just an opportunity to work with kids,” Magee said. “I really enjoy everything about teaching.”
He stepped up into administration six years ago.
“The most important part of the job is creating the right kind of atmosphere and climate on campus,” Magee said.
Expectations should be high, and anxiety should be low for both teachers and students.
“It can be a tough mix,” Magee said. “I feel like I’ve been successful in creating that environment.”
His last four years as principal of Saltillo Elementary have been his first on an elementary campus.
“I’ve liked all of it,” Magee said of his assignments at elementary, middle and high schools. “It has been rejuvenating working at the elementary level.”
Saltillo Elementary was already a successful school when he joined the staff, and he’s pleased to be a part of helping students grow, Magee said.
“This is a great school with great teachers and great staff,” Magee said. “I’m proud every day to be here and to work with the faculty here.”