By Larissa Bates
Ironically, Mr. Zimmerman never thought he would become a principal. In fact, his dream job while growing up was a physical therapist, because he “always liked science.”
“I was a C student, I was not good at math, but I worked really hard to stay eligible so I could play sports.” Though Mr. Zimmerman felt like he failed at math, he overcame it by “lots of practice and never giving up.” This perseverance led him to get his Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Schreiner University. After college, Mr. Zimmerman was a Physics and Chemistry teacher and coach.
Mr. Zimmerman grew up in a military family. He had the experience of living both on and off military bases in Kentucky, Colorado, Virginia, and Texas (twice).
Mr. Zimmerman was also a high school basketball player. One of his favorite memories is making the two winning free throws to bring his team to victory. Perhaps moments like these led him to a coaching career.
Mr. Zimmerman says his favorite part of being a principal is getting to see kids every day, and going to Madison events.
In his rarely free moments, you can find Mr. Zimmerman hanging out with his dogs, hunting, fishing, eating spicy chicken wings, catching up on housework, or supporting the Mighty Mavs!
We can all benefit from Mr. Zimmerman’s example and his motto, “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!”