Former coach returning to lead Alexander school

Published 5:00 am Friday, April 27, 2001

A former Brookhaven coach and teacher will take on the task ofadministrator this fall as the new principal at Alexander JuniorHigh School.

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Superintendent ofEducation Dr. Sam Bounds announced that, after a “challenging”application process, LeVander German had been selected to fill theposition being left vacant by Robert Holloway.

Holloway has accepted a job with the Fellowship of ChristianAthletes. He will finish the school year as principal and Germanwill begin July 1.

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German, 47, was glad to know he would be returning to what hecalled home, even though he was reared in Edwards.

“I’ve always looked at Brookhaven as being my home. I love thiscommunity,” said German, adding that his family is from thearea.

He has 24 years experience in education, with 11 of those in theBrookhaven School District as a teacher and basketball and footballcoach.

German recalled how much he had grown while working with greatlegends, such as C.O. Tanner and W.L. Roach.

“When I first came to Alexander, I replaced C.O. Tanner and hetaught me a lot of things that you don’t learn in college,” saidGerman. “I really enjoyed it here.”

He also worked in the McComb School District seven years and atthe school he graduated from, Hinds Agriculture High School, forsix years.

Throughout his long career, German has enjoyed one thing morethan others: helping children become outstanding individuals. He isglad to see so many former students making a difference in thecommunity today.

“It makes me feel good to see that they are such successful,productive citizens,” said German.

He plans to do his best to serve the community by working withteachers and parents to help the young people reach theirgoals.

“I have a few, very simple philosophies when it comes toeducation,” said German. “I feel, and this is from the bottom of myheart, that the student should have the opportunity to learn, theteacher the opportunity to teach and both of them are safe in doingso.”

German is looking forward to the new challenges that lie aheadat Alexander Junior High School. He plans to gather ideas throughopen communication lines with members of the community andstaff.

“I’m going to continue what I see as a good tradition,” Germansaid.