Howdie Mr. Floyd!

Mr. Floyd talks about his life before returning back to the Ranch and what it’s like being back!


Keely Telford

Welcome back, Assistant Principal Mr. Floyd! George Ranch missed you.

By Keely Telford, Staff Photographer

The Wrangler: What made you want to be in the education field?

Floyd: It was always teachers. A teacher inspired me to want to teach. When I was in high school I used to tutor my friends and play football, so I used to tutor football guys because they weren’t any good in math. I really enjoyed doing it, so that’s what inspired me to want to teach.

The Wrangler: What did you teach when you were a teacher and where did you teach at?

Floyd: I’ve always taught math. My first year teaching I taught Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2. We were on a block schedule, so I could teach multiple classes. I taught in HISD at Northside High School.

The Wrangler: What brought you to George Ranch originally?

Floyd: The first time I came here was to be a football coach. My friend invited me and said that we needed a varsity defensive back coach, and so I came here because of that.

The Wrangler: What made you leave George Ranch?

Floyd: I left because I became a youth pastor at my church. They had a youth pastor opening, and I felt like God was saying you should be a youth pastor. Then I became a youth pastor for two years.

The Wrangler: Where did you work before you came back and why did you work there?

Floyd: The first time I left I worked at the church for a youth pastor for a couple years. Then I came back to George Ranch, taught for another two years and then I left and became an assistant principal at George Junior High. The reason why I went there was because that was the only opening for an assistant principal at the time. I’d just got my principal certification, and that was the only job that was open in the secondary area. I went to George Junior High for a year.

The Wrangler: What made you want to come back to George Ranch?

Floyd: It’s the students. I really like the environment here of learning. I like the diversity of students here. The students always make you wanna do anything because that’s what we’re here for. To help students grow and help them achieve their dream. I think I can have a greater impact here, so that’s what made me wanna come back to George Ranch.

The Wrangler: What made you want to be an Assistant Principal?

Floyd: It’s all about just spirit influence, so as a teacher you can only influence the kids that come to your class. The spirit influence now as an assistant principal has gotten a little bit bigger. Now my spirit influence has gone from about 100 students to like 2,000 students, so I can help influence students to make better decisions and help students to achieve their dreams. That’s what made me want to be an assistant principal.

The Wrangler: What’s it like being an Assistant Principal here at George Ranch?

Floyd: It’s ongoing. You’re moving at any moment you can be moving. You can go from discipline to counseling to talking about credits and graduation. That’s why I like being an assistant principal because you can go from discipline to the counseling part of helping students to grow. Being an AP here is kinda like you’re spinning plates. It’s like you’re spinning 100 plates at a time trying to make sure they’re all spinning at the right times because you’re going from different things to dealing with different situations.

The Wrangler: What do you think about the students that misbehave?

Floyd: I think it’s the decisions. I tell students all the time it’s about reaction. Discipline is mostly dealing with how you react to somebody, and you have to teach students about how to react to things.

The Wrangler: How does this school compare to the other schools and why?

Floyd: This is probably one of the most diverse population of students. I think George Ranch does a better job of melding different social backgrounds and different economic backgrounds. It’s not like you’re picking on someone because of this. A lot of the times with a lot of the issues we have here are minor things that most of the time the students just meld together. The groups of people that hangout together I like to see. It’s always a mix of kids hanging out and getting to know each other, so here at George Ranch that’s what I like. When students from different backgrounds come together.

The Wrangler: What is your favorite thing about this school and why?

Floyd: The students. I don’t come here to yell at anybody. It’s the students. I want the students to have the best of everything here at this school. That means they need to have the best teachers in class and you assist the teachers to be better teachers. I want them to have the best environment, so teachers and students need to respect the environment and custodians. The students is what makes me get up every morning. Helping them achieve their dream is what I wanna do.

The Wrangler: How does this job affect your daily life?

Floyd: Teachers have a lesson plan and the day will be planned out. Being an assistant principal, you might have a calendar that’s empty, but it’s about to get full with anything. Someone may come to you and say they’re getting bullied, and now you gotta do an investigation for two or three periods. It’s always up in the air of what’s gonna happen with you as an assistant principal everyday. Your daily routine changes. It’s a lot. Being an assistant principal here is fun, but you never know what you’re gonna get.