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Jay Underwood's Profile

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Jay Underwood

Principal

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About Me

Educational History:

I graduated from Venus High School and then received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton.  For my master’s degree, I attended Lamar University and received a Master’s of Educational Administration.

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor’s Degree 

Master’s Ed. Admin.

Secondary English Language Arts

Speech Communications

Texas Principal Certification

Professional Development:

  • AP Institute Training
  • STAAR Holistic Writing Training
  • Canvas / Google Classroom Training
  • Differentiation Training
  • Texas School Support training
  • TELPAS Rater Training
  • LPAC Training
  • Assessing Students’ Needs Training

Current Position:

The 2018-19 school year will be my first at Kopperl ISD.  I have been in education for 22 years where I have worked as an Educational Aide, Teacher/Coach, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, and English Department Chair.  I have worked for Mansfield ISD, Venus ISD, and Palmer ISD. For the past 8 years, I have worked at Venus High School as the English Department Chair teaching English II and Honors English II and have been the Head Boys Basketball Coach and assistant baseball coach.  I have coached football, cross country, golf, softball, and track.

Previous Position:

I began in education with the Mansfield ISD as a paraprofessional and coach.  When I graduated from college while working a full-time job, I accepted a position with the Venus ISD as a HS English Teacher and coach.  After five years in Venus, I was offered the position of Athletic Director/ Head Boys Basketball Coach at Palmer ISD.  During the four years I was at Palmer,  I also gained experience as the high school assistant principal for one year.  In 2010 I returned to Venus High School as the Head Boys Basketball and Girls and Boys Golf coach. During this time, I served as the Chair of the English department.  I thoroughly enjoy getting to see students and athletes accomplish goals that they set for themselves.  What I try to convey to my students and athletes is that there are two things that they have complete control over and will impact them the most in life; Attitude and Effort!  

Family Information:

My wife Stephanie and I have been married for 23 years.  We met in high school and although we went to different schools, I guess you could say we were “high school sweethearts”.   She grew up in Maypearl and I grew up in Venus and we were rivals that are seven miles apart.  We have two boys that keep us busy.  Nolan is 17 and will be a Senior next year, and Hayden who is 15 and will be a Sophomore.  We have a 12 year old Golden Retriever named Ranger who is the best pet that we have ever had.  

Personal Information:

When I am not at the school, I enjoy playing golf, going fishing, and spending time with my family at the lake.  My oldest son Nolan and I enjoy playing guitar as well.  My wife and I enjoy spending time together and antique shopping.  We love Canton and Antique Alley!

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