Prosper Independent School District officials have announced John Burdett as the successor to Gregory Wright for the position of Prosper High School principal. Burdett has a wide variety of experience ranging from classroom teacher to elementary and high school principal. He has been involved in education for 22 years.

Burdett will begin work with the Prosper ISD on April 3 and is planning to meet with students, staff and parents before the end of the school year. Superintendent Drew Watkins explained what the district can expect from the hiring of Burdett.

“Dr. Burdett will continue and build upon the excellence of PHS,” Watkins said. “He admittedly has big shoes to fill with the retirement of Mr. Wright, but he is excited and up for the challenge. We believe in a short time students, parents and staff will soon see and appreciate the vision he has for Prosper High School. Our goal is to provide an elite school experience for our students as we prepare them for what’s next. We believe that Dr. Burdett is the leader that can best provide that.”

Watkins explained why Burdett is a good fit for Prosper.

“Dr. Burdett has valuable experience leading a high school campus in a fast-growth district,” Watkins said. “PHS will soon be a 6A high school as we continue to grow. Dr. Burdett’s experience in dealing with the program transitions along with exploding growth should prove to be invaluable moving forward.”

PISD also announced the hiring of Valerie Little as the District Athletic Director. Little’s experience with McKinney ISD ranges from coach and teacher to Associate Athletic Director.

“Coach Little will be an excellent addition to the PISD athletic program,” Watkins said. “As any new leader, she will come in and evaluate our programs to help ensure we are operating at the highest level, providing our student-athletes with lifelong memories in the arena of competition district-wide. We have some amazing coaches already in place, so this just makes the team that much stronger.”

Watkins also explained why he believes Little will be an excellent fit for PISD.

“Coach Little understands the importance of discipline and accountability in our athletic pursuits of excellence,” Watkins said.” Her past coaching and administrative experience in this area of the state will serve her well in leading our athletic department.”