Woodrow principal walks after one year, leaving the school without leadership. Again.

Steve Ewing (Photo by Rasy Ran)
Steve Ewing (Photo by Rasy Ran)

Once again, Woodrow is looking for a new principal. Steve Ewing, who said two months ago that Woodrow was perfect for him, is leaving after just a year.

In an email written to staff and obtained by the Advocate, he said: “I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign as principal of Woodrow Wilson. While this is not an easy decision, it is the right decision for me and my family at this time.”

Ewing praised his coworkers in the email. “I want thank you for the best year of my professional life. You have truly been an exceptional group of educators and community members that put students first. There is so much to be proud of this year with the many accomplishments by our students and staff. The teachers and staff have clearly demonstrated what excellence in education should look like at every campus. Again, thank you for an amazing year. Our students have truly benefited from your leadership.”

Last summer, Woodrow had three principals in a matter of weeks with the retirement of Kyle Richardson. Michael Dang, who came from the Law Magnet at Townview, held the position for two weeks before resigning. Ewing was named principal soon after. The East Dallas school has won numerous accolades, and has great athletic and academic success, but has not been able to hold on to a principal, with four different leaders in a little over a year.

Vince Murchison, who is chairperson of the Site Based Decision Making Committee and a parent of a rising senior, was hopeful about the future. “Speaking as a parent, I thought he was a well-liked by leadership and engaged, and thought he resonated with the kids. I have a high degree in confidence in the process to be followed to find his replacement,” he says.

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