New principal on board at WAC
A former Wesson Attendance Center (WAC) student, Wesson High School teacher and head football coach is returning to become principal WAC.
Tommy Clopton brings 22 years of public education experience to the position, which Marilyn Phillips is leaving to become principal of the WAC elementary school and assist in transitioning to new administrative leadership.
Clopton joins WAC following eight years at Brookhaven High School, where he was head football coach and athletic director for six years, and then assistant principal, while remaining athletic director.
A Wesson native, Clopton graduated from Wesson High School in 1992 after attending kindergarten through the twelfth grade at WAC.
Clopton received an AA Degree in pre-pharmacy from Co-Lin in 1994, a BS Degree in Chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 1997 and an MA Degree in curriculum and instruction from USM in 1998. He did post-graduate studies in education at Mississippi State and Arkansas State Universities.
Before coming to WAC as a math and science teacher and football coach in 2004, Clopton taught science and coached football for one year at Quitman High School in Clark County, and then taught chemistry and coached football for five years at East Central Community College.
Clopton and his wife of 22 years, April, the former librarian at Crystal Springs Elementary School and the current website and communication staff person for Brookhaven School District, have two grown children -- Micah, 26, a telecommunications specialist in Tupelo, and Trace, 20, a football player and student at USM.
Although he thought he wanted to become a scientist while growing up, Clopton ultimately decided to follow the career choice of his parents, aunts and uncles in education. When he is not in an educational setting, he is probably outdoors hunting, traveling or spending time with his family.
"My vision at WAC is to build on the success of the past, continuing to push students to prepare for the future and making WAC the pride of the community," Clopton says.