It was a tough decision, leaving Westchase after almost five years as its principal, but he made the choice to take the job as principal at Martinez Middle School, right up the road in Lutz. It was a bittersweet day when Weaver served his final afternoon at Westchase, and it all came to a head early in the afternoon when he was called to a meeting with an assistant principal. He was guided to the Westchase courtyard in the middle of campus.
That’s when they struck.
Students and parents stood there clapping and chanting, “WEA-VER, WEA-VER.”
“That was very emotional to me,” Weaver said at his desk at Martinez. “That meant a lot to me.”
Since the mascot for Martinez is the Mustangs, the Westchase faculty put on a Western theme for his farewell. Even Weaver said he had some tears at his goodbye ceremony.
Weaver started off at Martinez with fond memories of Westchase, but high hopes for Martinez. Weaver said he had no idea when school started in August that he wouldn’t be around all year. But when Dr. Dallas Jackson left Martinez to take another job in the school system, Martinez had an opening and Weaver applied. The Hillsborough County School Board acted quickly and Weaver got the job soon after hearing it was available.
He jumped into Martinez right away, meeting with the faculty, the students and the PTA and said that he wants to make sure that Martinez continues to excel academically.
“Everything at Westchase was fantastic,” Weaver said. “This was a good career move for me but, after five years at Westchase, I saw a good career opportunity. I am looking forward to it.”
Weaver was at Dale Mabry Elementary School before landing at Westchase. He is used to being around elementary school kids, but he said he’s ready to tackle middle school.
“The kids are older and going through a lot of changes,” Weaver said. “There’s a lot more peer pressure and you have to balance that with education, but it’s something that I think I can handle. These kids are fine and I like them a lot. I am very happy here.”
Weaver said he still misses Westchase.
“Westchase was a great fit for me,” Weaver said. “It was a great opportunity to work with some great people.’’