She’s used to being known as the football coach’s wife, but Tawnya Nail can hold her own.
The new Madisonville Intermediate School principal is no stranger to education, athletics and nurturing children.
She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Sam Houston State University, where she met her husband Rusty Nail, who was named Madisonville’s head football coach and athletic director late last year.
“He’s been a coach since the first year we got married,” Nail said of her husband. “It’s our way of life.”
Nail got her Ph.D. at Tarleton State University and has served as an adjunct professor there and at Concordia University.
The Nails have a daughter who will attend Madisonville High School in the fall, a son at Sam Houston State University and a son at Texas State Technical College in Waco.
Tawnya Nail is taking the reins at MIS from former Principal Marc Hodges, who retired at the end of the year. She said a few new teachers have been hired, and the campus is fully staffed.
She’s been meeting with teachers and reviewing test scores.
“This year’s scores were similar to last year,” she said. “We’re good in fifth grade and third grade and we’re going to strengthen those scores and look at how we can move forward.”
The teachers on the MIS campus have met with those in the grade levels above and below them in order to ensure “vertical alignment,” the principal added. Character-building and education are equally valuable for the students, she said.
“It’s important that we support the values of the community,” she said. “We want the kids to have a heart for service.”
Nail said her educational philosophy is to spend a lot of time in the classroom.
“I think it’s important for the principal to be the instructional leader of the campus,” she said. “I want to be a resource for the teachers. We want to make sure we’re providing a safe, educationally rich environment. We’re always looking for improvement.”
Classes begin Aug. 22.