Some kids can’t wait to get out of school, but Boles High School Principal Jill Thomason couldn’t get far enough away from the atmosphere of classrooms, teachers and books. Thomason went from corporate America to principal over the years of her life and was quite successful. But her childhood years of being in school for academics and sporting events sowed a seed that she didn’t realize was there. Now, Thoma-son wouldn’t have it any other way as she and her staff wraps up another successful year at Boles High School. Thomason has been in the education field for nearly 20 years.
“My dad was an athletic director from the time that I could remember through when I graduated … after he was athletic director he was a high school principal. So, I grew up at a school, living at a school. My mom’s a school nurse. So, we lived there. I thought ‘I don’t want to go into education. I want to do something else. My whole life has been centered around a school building … from just everyday living to Friday night lights and football games to everything under the sun.
So, I went to college and thought ‘I am going to get a degree and make millions of dollars and become rich and famous and conquer corporate America.’ And, I did graduate with a degree in communications and I went to work at a staffing firm in Austin, Texas. And about a year and a half into that position, I thought, ‘I want to go back into education.’ And in college I had several education classes I went ahead and took and always thought, well, it was always in the background. Maybe it would be something I would want to do. I got my first job in 2001 and 9/11 happened that year. So, that kind of, being there and experiencing that with kids and just the whole mentality of the country sealed the deal for me and knew that’s where I needed to be. This would be the 19th or 20th year in education,” said Thomason.