The new assistant principal at Turlock Junior High School is a familiar face to many. That’s because the district picked longtime Turlock resident Sumeet Singh, a former 8th grade history teacher at TJHS.
Singh started his new role this week as the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction, working alongside Principal Dave Kline and Assistant Principal of Student Services Tim Norton.
“I’ve barely been working for this position for about a week and I love everything about it,” said Singh. “I get to see things from a different perspective.”
Singh has a reputation for having a high work ethic and constant involvement with his students. Throughout his almost six year tenure at TJHS, Singh has served as a coach, club advisor, department chair, and leadership advisor.
“I was involved in anything I could get my hands in,” said Singh. “I have really proven myself through my hard work that I gained the respect and support of the teachers and administrators when I was hired for the position. I love working here.”
Singh received his Bachelors in Social Science at CSU Stanislaus in 2007 and then he returned to Stanislaus for his single subject teaching credential.
“After I received my credential I began working as a history teacher at TJHS,” said Singh. “This place holds a special place to my heart because I was also a former student who attended this school. I went back to my alma mater that year to get started on my Masters in School Administration.”
TJHS will continue to flourish in academics with Singh’s experience in leadership. With his extensive background in curriculum and instruction and the personal relationships he has gained over the years with his students, Singh hopes to raise the bar in education.
“This is a great school and there are so many things going on here that I am happy to be a part of,” said Singh. “Looking at the API scores and how our students have performed, we have made huge gains over the years. I hope that being in this position and having the experience that I do, I can help us become that 800 point school that we are merely a few points shy of. I know that many of my students were sad to see me leave my position as teacher but I feel that I will be helping them in bigger and better ways.”
As exciting as the transition may be for Singh, he admitted he could not have done it without the love and support of his family.
“I have an amazing family,” said Singh. “I have an amazing wife who has made everything possible for me and a strong family background. My sister Shaleen, who is currently battling Lupus, has showed me the meaning of strength, and hard work. She is my inspiration and the reason why I want to become a better person each day.”