Tim Woolley has already moved into his office at Bridge City High School. The new principal is at home. He practically grew up at the Bridge City High, the old one.
His parents Tom and Sharon Woolley taught or coached at the high school at its previous location on Bower Road. “I’d take the bus there from elementary school,” he said.
His mother taught and sponsored the cheerleaders. His dad coached. He hung around the high school after school. In 2000 he graduated from Bridge City High, a couple of years before the high school on Texas Avenue was built.
Even with all the exposure to schools, when he was young, he did not have a goal of becoming an educator. “It’s never what I saw myself doing,” he said.
But after he went to Texas A&M University he decided education “felt right,” he said. He met his wife, Sally, at A&M. He later earned a master’s degree at Lamar University in Beaumont.
After graduating from college, he came back to Orange County to teach and coach. He spent 11 total years in the classroom at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School and then Atascocita High School in the Houston area.
“Some administrators spend a couple of years in the classroom,” he said. He enjoyed his time in class teaching social studies, government and economics.
Mainly he coached girls basketball, though he admits he coached “just about everything, especially at LC-M.”
He was the assistant girls varsity basketball coach at Atascocita with “a very successful program.” For a couple of years, the starting five on his girls teams went to D-1 colleges for the sport.
Sally was teaching English and he was teaching and coaching. They had a daughter, Addison. For eight years, Addison was an only child. Then the couple had twins. Thirteen months later, they had another baby.
“When the fourth came along, we felt like we like we needed a lot of help,” he said. They wanted to move closer to his parents. LC-M High School had an opening for an assistant principal.
“Dr. (Terry) Estes was the principal that took a chance on me as an assistant principal,” he said.
Sally became a stay-at-home mom, though she runs the Mothers Day Out program at First Baptist Church in Orange.
He finished the 2017-18 school year at LC-M. He describes it as a “crazy year” with all the “trouble” Schools were flooded, they had to cancel classes because of a freeze, and then there was a fire.
In March, he was named to become the new principal at Bridge City. He started his job on June 10.
The twins, Carter and Callie, are now 4. Son Reid will turn 3 next week. And first daughter Addison is 12. She will be starting seventh grade at Bridge City Middle School on Bower Road, the same campus where he grandparents taught and her father graduated.