MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Mid-South principal, named Tennessee's Principal of the Year, returned to school Wednesday to an emotional surprise.
Principal Docia Generette-Walker could not hold back the tears as her students greeted her on her return to Middle College High School, after recently being crowned Tennessee's Principal of the Year in Nashville.
"They know I hate to cry and I never cried before today," Generette-Walker said. "But today this is so amazing, I cannot believe that they did all this."
Her students greeted her with flowers, hugs, signs and some very loud cheers.
"She's actually very involved with us," student Jasmine Butler said. "She wants her students to be the best they can be and I think that really makes a difference."
Not only is Generette-Walker making a difference in her students' lives, she and Assistant Principal Andy Demster worked together over the last several years to improve the school's academic performance.
"I just love her so much," Demster said. "She believed in me. She's allowed me to flourish under her leadership, and it's just exciting to see her because she's so deserving.
Generette-Walker said the award is not about her. It's about the faculty, staff and students working together to make Middle College High School a great learning environment.
"It makes everything that we do every day," Generette-Walker said. "Here staying late, coming early, making sure every child has what they need. It makes all of that so important."