“For over a decade my family and I have been heavily involved in Henry County, and we love it here, we love the people here and we love the sense of community here,” Welch said. “And we’re just excited to continue to be a part of that, to take part in the daily lives of our students and show what we can do to enrich the fabric of their lives.”
Welch said that he is just beginning to learn about his new staff and students and how things have been done, what’s worked and what might need to be changed. Citing the interest he’s aware of in the community, one exciting development Welch helped bring to the middle school for this coming school year is a new elective - agriculture. Welch said he still has much to learn about this staff and students, but that he wants to focus first on building a positive environment for both staff and students.
“I want to enable them to be a light to our community. In Matthew 5, we’re told to be a city on a hill, and that’s what I want for our students and our staff here, to be that light in this community,” Welch said. “My strength is building culture, showing interest in staff and students, not only in their lives but in their goals and helping them achieve those.”
Welch said that the new motto for HCMS will be ‘Every Wildcat, Every Day.’
“We want everyone to know that they matter and that they are all an integral part of this school and this community,” Welch said. “I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to build relationships. I think that’s the greatest part of teaching, and I think that’s the reason that we get into it; to build relationships with our students and our co-workers. And just be part of their journey, even if it’s only for a moment.”