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Glass with Pride of Tallassee drum major Bradyn Slaughter.
Submitted by Michael Bird.

New principal talks about position at THS

By Michael Butler

Drew Glass is just getting his feet wet. The 2021 Alabama Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year is taking on his first assignment as principal here at Tallassee High School.

Glass has made the move from Wetumpka to Tallassee with his wife Candace and their two daughters; Mallory and Ava, who will be enrolling at Southside Middle School.

"We're loving Tallassee so far," Glass said. "It's the family feel that reminds me of where I grew up back in West Alabama in Sweet Water."

Glass' beginnings in education were as a special education teacher in Wetumpka 15 years ago. He served as assistant principal for the past five years. He is optimistic about the transition from a county system to a city system.

"We are able to communicate more. In the county system there are four schools. Here, we can all get on the same page and make everything run smoothly."

Dr. Brock Nolin making a pathway between mobile classrooms on the back of the campus. Submitted by Michael Bird.

For the next school year - which begins on Aug. 18, with new high school construction in progress, Glass will be in a portable building like much of the student body.

Glass on the "Wake-Up Call" at WTLS

"The two mobile units in the front will be the administrative setup. On the back, we have 19 mobile units - 17 classrooms, the library and a bathroom. It is going to be an interesting dynamic. My first year as a principal did I ever think I was going to be in a mobile unit? No, but I'm loving it. I can't be in my office because I like to be up and moving. The kids are probably going to see me more than they ever thought they'd see me."

Glass coached soccer and football before moving over to administration. He said there will be no question regarding his allegiance when Tallassee meets his old school Wetumpka in the Tigers home-opening football game.

"It's a special game. I would really love to show up the black and gold. I'm purple and gold, Tallassee Tiger all the way. I still talk with some of the coaches and administrators over there and I end every text with Go Tigers!"

WTLS Interview