Salisbury native wins principal of the year in Kentucky

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 20, 2012

A Salisbury native has been dubbed Principal of the Year for the state of Kentucky.
The Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals made the announcement that Bill Adams, principal of Meade County High School in Brandenburg, received the honor earlier this week.
Adams graduated from Salisbury High School before attending Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky.
He returned home to work at Salisbury High as a biology teacher for three years before moving back to Kentucky with his wife, Joy.
Adams said longtime Salisbury High principal Dr. Windsor Eagle, who retired in June, helped mold him.
“My first year as a teacher, I have to be honest, I really was not very good,” he said. “By all rights Dr. Eagle should have said ‘Bill you need to find another job.’ ”
Instead, Eagle offered some advice.
“He said here are the things you need to work on, if you work on these things you can be a fine educator,” Adams said. “He was honest with me, he worked with me and he supported me. I felt like that was the way to deal with people.”
Adams said he’s tried to mirror Eagle’s approach in his own experience as an administrator.
“He has influenced me and I’ve tried to take those things from him and implement them in a Bill Adams sort of way.”
Adams’ parents, William and Carolyn, still live in Salisbury and his family travels here to visit once or twice a year.
“It’s always good to come back,” he said. “I have so many good memories of my days in school there, my friends growing up there. It’s just a wonderful place to grow up.”
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