Greyhound Grad Named Middle School Principal of the Year

Shyulanda Randle-Filer
Shyulanda Randle-Filer

Greyhound Grad Named Middle School Principal of the Year

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Shyulanda in her dorm room.

Shyulanda Randle-Filer, who graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1996, was named the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Region 5 Middle School Principal of the Year for 2021-22.

The principal of Vincent Middle School in Beaumont, Texas, discusses her award, career and time as a student at ENMU.

What did it mean to you to be named principal of the year by the TASSP?

I was elated, grateful and thankful to be nominated and win. It was good to know that the work I'm doing with my leadership team is noticed on a larger scale in a positive way. Also, to share the honor and prestige with my school district, students and parents is the ultimate.

What inspired you to become a principal?

I'm inspired by knowing I play a major part in creating a better community in which I live, and what better way to do that by educating students, parents and teachers to work together. A principal's role is to inspire all stakeholders to create a safe and successful academic educational environment to grow the future of our community and society.

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Shyulanda before Homecoming 1991.

Tell us about your job duties.

I promote a safe learning environment for all. As the instructional leader, I implement a successful learning community, hire faculty and staff for school positions, assign and work with the counselor to identify students to create a positive social emotional environment for success, communicate District and State Goals for STAAR mastery for all students, create the budget for educational support, staffing and student success and promote/assess curriculum and state scores.

Which aspect of your career is the most rewarding?

To see Vincent Middle School turn from a punitive climate and culture to building positive relationships. Our students love to come to school, and it shows; our parents tell us all the time. This is major, to know it's becoming a campus normality.

What are your short- and long-term goals?

My short-term goal is to graduate this spring 2022 with my doctorate from Texas A&M University-Commerce. My long-term goal is to bring my campus ratings to an "A" and "Academic Distinctions" within the next two years. We're currently a "D."

Tell us about your career journey.

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Shyulanda with her Homecoming Queen crown.

I was a student advisor in the Black Affairs Office at ENMU; a teacher and assistant volleyball, basketball and track coach at Odessa High School; then transition to Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High School as head coach for volleyball and softball, assistant to basketball and track along with department head and District curriculum writing for Health and Physical Education. Begin my administrative duties as an Assistant Principal at Ozen for 2 years then moved to West Brook High School for 7 more years before becoming a Principal at Smith Middle School to Vincent Middle School with in 4 years.

What advice would you give to a student interested in working in your career field?

Always have a positive attitude and growth mindset. These characteristics will take you far. It's okay to make mistakes.  Be thankful for the mistakes to grow yourself because they make you a better person.

How did you choose your field of study?

As a child, I knew that I would work in a profession with children. Every time I went to a doctor's appointment or near other children, I felt compassion and empathy for them. I didn't have to know them previously. It was something inside my heart that allowed me to look beyond, even as a child myself.

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Shyulanda's ENMU graduation photo.

How did ENMU prepare you for your career?

Eastern provided the academic knowledge and experience to be confident in my role as an educator and constant learner. My professors were dedicated to my success and cared about ensuring they were giving us the best education.

Tell us about your Eastern Experience.

I received a volleyball scholarship and, when I injured my knee badly, I received a scholarship from the University president. In addition, I became the student advisor of Black Affairs during my junior and senior years.

Furthermore, I was the first person in my graduating class to receive my teaching contract before graduation. I went to Odessa, Texas, for springbreak and interviewed and was hired before I walked across the stage. I served on the Diversity Committee at Eastern for two years and was a speaker for a symposium focused on teens against violence. In addition, I was the student advisor that originated the MLK monumental tree on ENMU campus with Mr. Oscar Robinson.

The person that stood out and provided guidance was the personnel/HR directorat Eastern, Mr. Oscar Robinson. He always gave great advice in regards to being the best you and knowing who you are and believing in yourself. I continue to liveby those standards.

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Shyulanda with her husband, Allen.

Tell us about your family.

I am married to Allen Filer with four children: Somalia James, Nicole Thompson, Da'Shani Walls and Chance Filer. We also have five grandchildren: Christian James Jr, Camden James, Skya James, Teronni Thompson and Jeremiah Wilbley.

Who is your role model?

My role model is my mother, Deanah Randle. She raised my brother and I, as a single mother and instilled that we hold God first and be kind to others regardless of the situation. We must always look at the glass half full and not empty.

Which organizations are you involved in?

I am a member of Vincent MSPTA, Paradise Missionary Baptist Church, the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, the Texas High School Coaches Association, the National Education Association and the Texas State Teachers Association.

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Shyulanda with her mother, Deanah Randle.

Which accomplishments and awards have you earned?

Featured in "NVme" magazine in August 2016, Texas A&M Superintendent Internship connection with Beaumont ISD, presenter at Texas Association of Secondary Schools Principal, Honor Society at Texas A&M Commerce University, West Brook High School 2014 graduation rate 97 percent, commended on Science Department STAAR Scores of 99 percent on West Brook High School Campus in 2014, superintendent commended on increasing TAKS Math Scores above 90 percent on Clifton J. Ozen High School Campus in 2011, appreciation Award from NU Phi Beta at ENMU, Role Model Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc at ENMU, Outstanding Woman of the Year by YMCA, Parent Award from the Tri-City Volleyball Club, teacher of the year in 2000 from the student council and Who's Who Among America Teachers 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.

What are your hobbies?

Spending time with family and friends on the road in RV and running our family business: Randle-Filer's Tax Office and Rental Properties.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I truly love making others smile; it comes easy, and it's a gift.

Is there any additional information would like to have included?

My campus was awarded the National PTA School of Excellence 2020-2022. I have been nominated for the following this year by parents and peers: HEB Excellence in Education Award, Outstanding Principal and Texas PTA Educator of the Year.

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