New Webb principal says he's ready

Seven years at Leto prepped him on how to mold middle-schoolers.

By Amber Mobley Times Staff Writer
Published October 19, 2007

After seven years as an assistant principal at Leto High School, Brent McBrien says he knows high school.

Now McBrien plans to mold middle-schoolers for high school, college and beyond as the newest principal at Webb Middle School, a feeder school for Leto.

"Now that I've got the knowledge about what's there at the high school level, I can help them know what to expect," he said.

"I've got a middle school heart," McBrien, 38, said Tuesday before the Hillsborough County School Board announced his appointment.

Once students get to the high school level, McBrien said, "We want them not just to graduate, but to push them beyond their comfort zone, to look beyond graduation."

McBrien has a history of prepping young students.

He started his Hillsborough County School District career working with dropout prevention at Sulphur Springs Elementary in August 1993.

In August 1996, he began teaching sixth-grade math at Adams Middle School.

McBrien transferred to Coleman Middle School in August 1999, where he did "a little bit of everything" working with at-risk students.

Originally from Bellefountain, Ohio, near Columbus, McBrien came to Tampa via Knoxville, where he attended the University of Tennessee.

McBrien's wife, Denise, is a physical education teacher at Hill Middle School.

The couple have two children: 10-year-old Maria, who attends Northwest Elementary, and 3-year-old son Peyton.

McBrien's first day as principal is scheduled for Monday.

Amber Mobley can be reached at amobley@sptimes.com or 813 269-5311.