Meet Mr. Wegman, the New DPJH Assistant Principal
From the Deer Park ISD Evidence of Excellence Blog:
Deer Park Junior High parents and students, meet your new assistant principal, John Wegman! Wegman might be familiar to some DPJH families because he was a teacher and coach there for several years before being named an assistant principal at Deer Park High School-North Campus in 2013.
First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your story? Where did you grow up? From what high school did you graduate? Where did you go to college, and what did you study?
I grew up in the South Houston area and graduated from South Houston High School in 1995. After high school, I spent three years working at an electrical plant before deciding that was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I decided to go back to school and attended Sam Houston State University, where I received my bachelor of science degree for kinesiology and a minor in special education. I worked as a teacher/coach for 10 years, and during that time, I received my master of education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Who was your favorite teacher, and why?
I had several teachers who made a significant impact on my life, but there were two teachers who will always hold a special place in my heart. Joanne Stringer was my biology teacher in school. She taught in such a way that she made every one of her students feel confident. She had high expectations for her students, but I understood that she would always support me to meet her goals. The other is Al Campo. He was my football coach and really instilled the qualities that have got me to the point I am in my life (dedication, hard work, own up and fix mistakes). There is no way I could ever repay these teachers for all they have done for me.
What was your favorite class in school, and why?
I enjoyed school, so I really liked most of the classes I took. If I had to pick a favorite, I would say it was my geometry class. I really enjoyed doing math that actually made sense to me. Athletics was always a favorite, but I didn't count that as a class...it was more like a reward for coming to school.
Are you a parent?
I am a proud husband and a father of a four and a half-year-old girl (she won't let me forget the half) and a six-month-old boy.
How many years were you a teacher before you became an administrator?
I taught for 10 years before becoming an administrator.
You’re now an administrator. As a student, did you ever end up in the principal/assistant principal’s office? If so, why? Describe what happened.
Yes, our homeroom class was between first and second period, and our athletic class was second period. One day, we were maxing out, so I wanted to be one of the first in the weight room. I skipped homeroom, snuck into the locker room, and started getting ready for athletics. What I didn't know was that I had been voted to the finals for homecoming king, and when the administration came to my homeroom, I wasn't there. To make a long story longer, Coach Nance found me in the locker room and busted my rear end with his "special paddle." Then I got called down to the office for the write-up my homeroom teacher sent in, and the assistant principal Mr. Clark (who was my coach in Jr. High) got his turn. To make it worse, I didn't get to max out that day, and I didn't win homecoming king.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
Golf, vacation, spending time at my property, and spending time with family and friends.
What do you most look forward to as you begin your first year at your new campus?
This is where I started my career, so it feels a little like coming home. I am excited to get new experiences at the junior high.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
I have found out recently that I am addicted to the Olympics.