Shyulanda Randle-Filer, who graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1996, has been selected as the Texas Association of High School Principals (TASSP) District Fifth Middle School Principals Award for the year 2021-22.
The principal of Vincent Middle School in Beaumont, Texas, discusses her award, career, and time as a student at ENMU, including her coronation as the university’s first African-American queen in 1991.
What does being named General Manager by TASSP mean?
I was thrilled, grateful and grateful to be nominated and win. It was good to know that the work I do with my leadership team is being more widely noted in a positive way. Also, to share the honor and prestige with my school district, students and parents is the best.
What inspired you to become a manager?
It inspired me to know that I play a major role in creating a better society in which to live, and what better way to do this than by teaching students, parents and teachers to work together. The principal’s role is to inspire all stakeholders to create a safe and successful academic learning environment for the future development of our community and society.
Tell us about your job duties.
I encourage a safe learning environment for all. As an education leader, I implement a successful learning community, assign faculty and staff to school positions, assign and work with the advisor to identify students to create a positive social emotional environment for success, communicate district and state goals for mastery of STAAR for all students, and create a budget for educational support, employment, and success Students and enhance/evaluate curriculum and state grades.
What is the most beneficial aspect of your career?
To see Vincent Middle School transform from a punitive atmosphere and culture to building positive relationships. Our students love coming to school, and it shows; Our parents tell us all the time. This is important, to know that it has become a normal state on campus.
What are your short and long term goals?
My short-term goal is to graduate in the spring of 2022 with a PhD from Texas A&M University-Commerce. My long-term goal is to raise my campus rating to ‘A’ and ‘Academic Excellence’ within the next two years. We are currently “D”.
Tell us about your career journey.
I was a student advisor in the Office of Black Affairs at ENMU; teacher, assistant for volleyball, basketball and track coach at Odessa High School; He then transferred to Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High School as Head Coach for Volleyball and Softball, Assistant Basketball and Track along with Section Head and writes the District’s Curriculum for Health and Physical Education. I started my administrative duties as Assistant Principal at Ozen for 2 years and then moved to West Brook High School for another 7 years before becoming Principal of Smith Middle School for Vincent Middle School in 4 years.
What advice would you give to a student interested in working in your career field?
Always have a positive attitude and growth mindset. These characteristics will take you far. It’s okay to make mistakes. Be thankful for mistakes made in your own growth because they make you a better person.
How did you choose your field of study?
When I was a kid, I knew I was going to make a career with kids. Every time I went to a doctor’s appointment or near other kids, I felt empathy for them. I didn’t have to know them before. It was something inside my heart that allowed me to look beyond, even as a child.
How has ENMU prepared you for your career?
Eastern provided the academic knowledge and experience to make me confident in my role as a teacher and a lifelong learner. My teachers were dedicated to my success and took care of ensuring that they gave us the best education.
Tell us about your oriental experience.
I got a scholarship for volleyball, and when I seriously injured my knee, I received a scholarship from the university president. In addition, I became a student advisor on Black Affairs during my junior and senior years.
I was also the first black queen to come home with the first black king to come home. It was phenomenal. Furthermore, I was the first person in my graduate class to receive a teaching contract prior to graduation. I went to Odessa, Texas, for spring break and did an interview and was hired before I crossed the stage. I served on the Eastern Diversity Committee for two years and was a speaker at a seminar focused on Teens Against Violence. In addition, I was a student advisor who created the huge MLK tree on the ENMU campus with Mr. Oscar Robinson.
The person who distinguished and provided guidance was the Personnel/Human Resources Manager at Al Sharqiah, Mr. Oscar Robinson. He always gave great advice regarding being your best self, knowing who you are, and believing in yourself. I still live by these standards.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to Allen Feller and I have four children: Somalia James, Nicole Thompson, Dashani Walls and Chance Feller. We also have five grandchildren: Christian James Jr., Camden James, Scia James, Tyrone Thompson and Jeremiah Welbley.
who is your idol?
My role model is my mother, Diana Rundle. She raised my brother and I as a single mother and instilled that we cherish God first and be kind to others no matter the situation. We should always look at the glass half full, not empty.
What organizations do you participate in?
I am a member of Vincent’s MSPTA, Heaven Missionary Baptist Church, Texas Association of High School Administrators, Texas High School Coaches Association, National Education Association, and Texas State Teachers Association.
What achievements and awards have you received?
Featured in “NVme” magazine August 2016, Texas A&M Superintendent Internship to Connect with Beaumont ISD Presented at Texas High School Principal’s Association Texas A&M Commerce Honor Society West Brook High School 2014 Graduation rate 97 percent Commended Department of Science Earned STAAR over 99 percent on the West Brook High School campus in 2014, and the supervisor commended the increase in TAKS math scores above 90 percent on the Clifton J. Alpha Fraternity Inc at ENMU, Outstanding Woman of the Year by YMCA, Parent Award from Tri-City Volleyball Club, Teacher of the Year in 2000 from Student Council and Who’s Who of America Teachers 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
What are your hobbies?
Spending time with family and friends on the road in the RV and running our family business: Randle-Filer Tax Office and Rental Property.
Share an interesting fact about yourself.
I really love making others smile. It comes easily and is a gift.
Is there any additional information you would like to include?
The campus has been awarded the National PTA School of Excellence 2020-2022 Award. I have been nominated for the following award this year by parents and peers: HEB Education Excellence Award, Outstanding Principal, and Texas PTA Teacher of the Year.
Parent Group PTA Award