In the opening lyrics of his 1975 song titled "Young Americans,'' David Bowie posed this question:
"Gee, my life's a funny thing, am I still too young?"
It's a question newly-appointed Herscher High School Principal Brad Elliot might have pondered a time or two. But when the announcement of his promotion was made at Monday's school board meeting, the question was answered, and the answer was "no.''
It was the right answer, too. At age 32, Elliot might be considered a neophyte among public school administrators, but he has demonstrated he is ready for the task at hand.
He has packed a lot of experience into his 10 years as an education professional. He taught math at Limestone Grade School for seven years, giving him the valuable in-the-classroom experience, which tends to make administrators more effective.
Elliot has spent the last three years as the Herscher High assistant principal, and now is an experienced administrator as well. He also has spent time as an athletic coach, serving as a seventh-grade boys basketball coach and as an assistant varsity baseball coach at the high school.
When you combine all these activities together, it makes for an ideal blend for a principal. To those who still believe he still might be too young, Elliot provided this response in a story that ran on page A3 of the Wednesday edition of the Daily Journal:
"I think my age makes it easier for me to relate to the students," Elliot said. "I'm also going to do everything I can to prove myself. So, I don't think it will hold me back. I'm very excited to keep working in the district in this capacity."
How do you argue against this point? Elliot is ready for the job, and to erase any further doubt, take this into consideration: Elliot attended Herscher schools all through his formative years and returned to work in the district after graduating from college.
His loyalty to Herscher can't be questioned. His credentials shouldn't be questioned. His age might be 32 instead of 42 or 52, but age is just a number. Elliot is the right person for the job.