SWOSU Department of Education Graduates Sought by Houston District


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Turnaround Principal Tod Nix (third from left) of the Houston (TX) area was recently on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus to recruit teachers. Nix, a SWOSU graduate, is charged with turning around Worthing High School, an at-risk school in Texas. With Nix are (from left):  Dean of the College of Professional and Graduate Studies Dr. Ken Rose;  Director of Student Teaching Bruce Belanger; Department of Education Chair Ruth Boyd; and Associate Dean of Behavioral Sciences and Education Dr. Chad Kinder.  The SWOSU Department of Education typically has administrators from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico and other states that talk with SWOSU students regarding jobs. 

Southwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Education graduates have always been popular teaching candidates and this spring they are especially wanted in the Houston (TX) area.

Tod Nix, principal of Worthing High School in the Houston Independent School District, was on the Weatherford campus in May to recruit SWOSU’s teachers for his school system.  Nix had contracts in hand and was prepared to make offers to the new SWOSU graduates.

In 2010, Nix was named as one of nine turnaround principals in the State of Texas by the State of Texas Department of Education.  These turnaround principals are charged with improving at-risk schools. Nix said it takes an average of three years to turn around the culture of an at-risk school.  

At Worthing, there is a student population of 800 students. The Texas Department of Education indicated to Worthing High School that they could either hire one of the designated nine individuals or shut the school down.  Their first phone call was to Nix.

He started his year off at Worthing with the original teaching staff.  This next fall he will need an additional 15 teachers to fill his faculty slots.  Nix said that as an administrator he has never gone wrong by hiring SWOSU graduates for his teachers.  He said they have been intelligent, motivated and eager to work with students.

Nix is a product of SWOSU.  He was a center on the Bulldog football team from 1979 to 1983.  He was All-Conference and also named an All-American center. After graduating from SWOSU, he played one year for the Denver Broncos.  In 1984, he was hired by the State of Texas educational system where he has served as head football coach, athletic director and a principal.