Principal's Corner

Principal Shon Joseph

Shon Joseph has been an educator for 22 years.  He has been a secondary administrator for 13 of those 22 years. Originally from Pineville, Louisiana, he graduated from high school a year early.  After attending McNeese State University on a scholarship and graduating, Shon worked in several capacities. Growing up, his grandfather taught him the value of hard work. Shon has worked in food service, yard care, transportation, and custodial services. His career in education includes being a speech, math, and English teacher. Shon has coached football, basketball, and track. He feels his range of experience in education and life has allowed him to have a clearer perspective on the importance of having a relationship with students, the support and involvement of the parents and community, effective leadership, and efficient school operations. 

Shon is excited to be the principal of DeSoto High School.  Before his current position, Shon was the principal of Lancaster Middle School. While principal of LMS, student achievement increased. LMS received TEA distinctions in:

  • ELAR/Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Comparative Academic Growth
  • Post-Secondary Readiness
  • Comparative Closing the Gap

Shon has led small/large and rural/suburban/urban campuses.  Shon has been blessed to be recognized in several of his leadership roles.  Since 2008, Shon has received:

  • 2009 Region 10 High School Assistant Principal of the Year- Wylie HS (2007-08)
  • 2013 Region 7 High School Principal of the Year- John Tyler HS (2011-2012)
  • 2019 Region 10 Middle School Principal of the Year- Lancaster MS (2017-2018)

Shon was also recognized in 2009 by TEA for the effective use of High School Allotment Funds to increase student achievement and create a college-going culture.  Prior to our accountability rating system change, Shon led campuses to received TEA Recognized status multiple years. 

Shon knows the many great sacrifices it takes to run a high school effectively and he truly owes much to his family for their undying support and sacrifices. He is married to his wife, Juanita, and he has three sons. Shon states, “I don’t think anyone truly understands the sacrifices you have to make to do the job WELL unless you are doing the job well.  School administration has its rewards, but without the sacrifices and the support of your family…the road would be unbearable.”

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