By SERINA MARSHALL
After 33 years as an educator for Washington County, David Crockett High School principal Peggy
Wright is retiring.
“My first two years I served in several interim teaching positions and taught at Boones Creek Elementary, Fall Branch, and Jonesborough Middle,” Wright said. “My longest years of service were at Gray and Jonesborough Elementary before moving to administration at David Crockett High School.”
On Saturday, Wright graduated along with her students, starting a new chapter of her own.
“It is also a special day for me personally because I am graduating with you,” she said during her speech at graduation. “The class of 2022 is special because they had to endure changes and hardships to be able to get to their senior year. These students continued to work and preserve through many issues, and didn’t give up and neither did their teachers.”
Over her 33 years of educating, Wright has been able to meet and teach thousands of students.
she said that the interactions with those students are her favorite memories.
“My favorite thing about being an educator has been interacting with students and watching them grow and accomplish great things,” she said. “Some of my favorite memories are from seeing former students out in the community after they have graduated. Being able to see where they are working and what they are working toward is rewarding. Whether I had them in class, or was part of their high school experience, knowing I’ve helped in some way is rewarding.
“I have been honored in my teaching and leadership career to work beside many wonderful, talented, people, and a great community of families and friends.”
Before she heads off on her next adventure, she has one more piece of advice for her students.
“My words for these students would be to enjoy the journey of life. Look to the future if the present is not what you want and know if you work with integrity, and honesty, you can’t go wrong! Always keep growing and learning new things, that will keep you forever young!” she said.
So, what’s next for Wright? She said her plans are to enjoy some of the hobbies and interests she set aside when she became an administrator.
“With God’s guidance, I am looking forward to the next adventures and joys of life!”