Wilson takes her time to become GHHS’ first female principal

Between bites of her lunch and rapid clicks of her mouse, Tracy Wilson's silver bracelets chime together on her wrists as she conducts business in her office while pulling dead leaves off her office plant. From there she does today's work, even though she "wishes it was done yesterday.'
Anonymous
Sep 9, 2011

In addition to her new responsibilities as principal of Grand Haven High School, Wilson took it upon herself to rearrange and customize the principal’s office walls — which were once institutional gray, and now sport a yellowish “dried sesame seed” paint, broken up by Grand Haven navy blue stripes.

This splash of color and the flurry of activity in the office are typical of the energy Wilson brings to her job as the school’s first female principal.

Wilson replaced Scott Grimes, who was named the Grand Haven school district’s assistant superintendent of human services in June after 12 years as a principal.

Even though many people expected she would get the job, Wilson did not take it for granted.

“I never felt through the process that the job was mine,” she said. “People always said to me, ‘Well, you’re the only internal candidate. Of course the job is yours!’ And I never, ever presumed. I never once in a million years thought it was going to be an easy process.”

Now that Wilson has taken on her new responsibilities, students shouldn’t expect anything out of the norm.

“I know this first year there’s going to be a lot of those transitions, and growing and learning,” she said. “Even though I’ve been in the district for 23 years and I’ve been an administrator for 12 years, there’s always going to be things to learn, things to do and ways to grow professionally. I’m not about coming in and saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to make all of these major changes and we’re going to do all of this new stuff.’”

— by Samantha Vanhoef/Bucs’ Blade

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