The Commerce Journal

May 29, 2013

New CHS principal looks to replicate past success

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — Last time David Welch walked the halls of Commerce High School was as assistant principal 13 years ago, this time he holds the title of Principal.

In 1998 he was taking classes at Texas A&M University-Commerce and was offered a job as assistant principal.

CHS was an exemplary rated school for all three years. Welch said he thinks he can bring the school back to the status it once held.

“It was such a good learning experience,” he said. “I think I will be able to replicate what I did then.”

Welch said students at CHS are smart and capable learners and that with a little tweaks in teaching, they can reach the top.

“I want to take them over the hump of test taking and work that goes on with more rigor,” he said, adding he wants to utilize iPads more in the classrooms and allow students to connect what they’re being taught to real world situations. “We need to whet the kids’ appetite.”

Welch comes to Commerce after serving as principal of Billy Earl Day Middle School for the past seven years.

According to Welch, he decided to leave as principal after the new superintendent of Dallas ISD implemented a policy that he said takes principal’s away from students.

“They took you away from the students and lessened the amount of time you spent with children,” he said. “When I saw the opening for Commerce I said here’s a new opportunity.”

CHS Interim Principal Julia Robinson will step down from her position in July to become the new curriculum director at Royse City ISD.

Welch said his hat is off to her, along with CISD Superintendent Blake Cooper.

“Cooper does an excellent job in helping the principals,” he said. “He really knows what is going on.”

Welch and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Aston and Aysha. Aysha recently graduated from the University of Texas.

Welch said he is committed to helping students realize their potential and utilize the resources they have.

“I want parents to know I am serious about the business of teaching their children,” he said.