ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – While Wylie East Elementary is a new campus, the Wylie bulldog traditions run deep. Almost half of the staff graduated from Wylie High School.
Former Wylie students are going back to school, but this time they’re at the head of the class.
“They’re excited to be here and to continue to be Wylie bulldogs,” Wylie East Elementary Principal Kim McMillan said.
At Wylie East, almost half of the staff are Wylie bulldogs including McMillan.
“I think it helps continue the legacy of a Wylie bulldog. I think that being a Wylie bulldog is in your heart and in your spirit and so it’s not really about geography so that’s what we’re excited about is having this brand new school and being able to carry on with the legacy,” McMillan said.
From former athletes to recent grads, the Wylie spirit runs through the halls.
“I wanted to just be a part of something big. I wanted to be a part of a tradition of excellence that I can instill into my kids and allow them to go through school with the same quality that was instilled in me,” kindergarten teacher Tracy Holmes said.
“We all work together and when one’s down you pick them up and it’s just we all help each other out and really just work together to educate our kids,” transitionary kindergarten teacher Abby Frymire said.
These staff members are a prime example of “once a bulldog always a bulldog.”
“It is a true sense to be a Wylie bulldog and it’s all the way through to academics, sports, band anything that you can do you have a school spirit and there’s really none like it,” Holmes said.
Several of the Wylie graduates also are teaching along side those who taught them.