SHS Principal Focuses on Culture

Wade Lockett’s commitment to students and Silverton High School isn’t new, but his role as principal is. Before joining SHS last year as athletic director, he served Oregon students as a teacher, coach and advisor for more than 11 years. This year, he was appointed to lead the school as principal, and while he is still learning the ropes as an administrator, there is no question that he’s passionate about education and connecting with students.

“When I walk through the halls with Mr. Lockett, I see students greeting him by name and smiling. It’s clear to me that students feel comfortable with him and that he’s approachable and that’s an important part of the culture at the high school,” said SFSD Superintendent Andy Bellando. “I’ve also been hearing very positive feedback from staff and families and we’re only a few months into the school year.”

Lockett says support from the SHS team and district office is making for a smooth transition.

“I continue to be humbled on a daily basis with the opportunity to do this,” said Lockett. “While I know I have a lot to learn, I have this incredible support team of teachers, staff and administrators partnering with me to make this successful.”

Lockett is an advocate for keeping kids involved because he knows that the more students feel connected at school, the more successful they will be.

“I sincerely believe that every program at the school is the most important part of some kid’s day and our job here is about growing successful kids. That means providing excellent academics while also building relationships and guiding them through high school,” said Lockett.

Students seem to appreciate Lockett as well.

“The principal’s really nice. He comes into a lot of classes just to talk,” said SHS Junior Sage Schmidt. “I like him a lot, added Junior David Gonzales. “He’s super interactive and I like that he’s making changes.”

The SFSD is a good fit for Lockett and his family.

“I can’t say enough positive things about the value of this school district,” Locket said. “This is exactly where we want to be. I am proud to be a representative of these students and these schools.”