Gonzalez to put focus on student success at FHS
Joe Gonzalez was recently named principal at Fredericksburg High School, and is a familiar face to the district after having previously worked in the Fredericksburg Independent School District from 2003-2005.
Gonzalez is part of a new group of campus leaders for the FISD.
He enters his 28th year of education, having spent time in Abilene and San Antonio. He says it is humbling to be back in Fredericksburg.
“I want to make sure I do an excellent job and that I fulfill all of the goals that people would like to see as a high school principal but mainly for the success of these kids,” Gonzalez said. “It’s not really about me. It’s all about our students and making sure the community understands that we are committed to the success of our kids.”
He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, where he played baseball. Gonzalez later received his master’s degree in educational leadership from Abilene Christian University.
Gonzalez has held various roles in education from a teacher to an administrator to working with at-risk youth.
“I am very fortunate to have had a stellar opportunity to experience a lot of things while working in education,” Gonzalez said.
After arriving at the high school just last week, Gonzalez is looking ahead and making plans for FHS.
“Right now, I am in the assessment phase. I’m looking at everything and I see a lot of great things happening in the district and at the high school,” Gonzalez said. “I think it’s just a matter of finding out what the teachers’ needs are and what students’ needs are and what the community sees as a vision for the high school as well as our vision for the district, as well.”
While Gonzalez worked outside FISD, he said he continued to keep his eye on Fredericksburg and look back into the community from the outside.
“I kind of kept my pulse here in the 13 years that I have been gone,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve run into Fredericksburg students in my capacity as an administrator throughout the years. They have just continued to inspire me to look for them. I am happy to be back.”
Gonzalez said his long-term goals are to create more opportunities for the students and community and to never leave Fredericksburg.
“I was here for such a short time before and in that short time, we really made some progress and built some strong relationships with kids,” Gonzalez said. “I want to continue to motivate kids beyond their wildest imaginations, create educational opportunities for them and capture their enthusiasm about participation in our campus and community.”
Gonzalez has been married to his wife, Mary, for 29 years.
They have two daughters, Gaby and Camille, who are students at Texas A&M University and Texas Tech, respectively.
“I am happy to be back and I can’t wait for the start of school. My family is excited to be here,” Gonzalez said. “It’s amazing that I am going to have this opportunity to be back and I cherish it.”