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Waco High’s principal will leave the campus at the end of June

Ed Love When Ed Love became the principal of Waco High School in 2014, he drew on more than three decades of experience as a teacher, coach and administrator in Waco ISD to foster a deep connection between the campus, its families and the community. In July, he’ll become the executive director of school leadership at Transformation Waco. In that role, Love will draw on his experiences to support principals at the five schools that are part of the in-district charter partnership between Waco ISD and Transformation Waco.

“Waco ISD is the only school system that I have ever worked in, and it’s the only school system that I’ve wanted to be in,” Love said. “That’s why the past five years as the principal of Waco High School mean so much to me. Lion pride runs deep, and I’ll always be a lion. However, I was ready for a new challenge, and I’m excited to continue serving Waco students by helping principals hone their craft.” 

Before becoming the principal of Waco High School, Love led G.W. Carver Middle School and the G.L. Wiley Opportunity Center. He was also an assistant principal and an associate principal at Waco High School. Many former students and their families know Love as a long-time coach.

“When it comes to student success, there’s no doubt that great teachers and great principals make all the difference,” Dr. Hazel Rowe, Waco ISD’s interim superintendent, said. “From his time as a middle school teacher at Tennyson through his tenure at Waco High, Coach Love has made that difference for generations of students in our district. Informally, he has long been a mentor and a resource for other principals. I’m pleased that Ed will be able to focus on that work in his new role.”

Under legislation passed in 2017, the five campuses that are part of the in-district charter partnership are eligible for increased per student funding from the state. Waco ISD also received a two-year, $5 million implementation grant for Transformation Waco initiatives at those campuses. Funded by that grant, Love’s position is one example of how those resources are being used to provide additional support for those schools.

“Ed is already someone that our principals turn to for advice and support,” Dr. Robin McDurham, Transformation Waco’s chief executive officer, said. “When I heard that he was ready for a change, I instantly thought of him for this role. Our principals will benefit from his expertise and deep ties to the community, and our students will benefit from his example.”

The opening for a principal at Waco High School will be posted on the Waco ISD website. Love’s last day at Waco High School will be June 30, 2019.