This year there will be a new leader, albeit a familiar face, in the principal’s office of Walton High School. Having served as assistant principal at the school, Richard Tischler is stepping up to lead Walton, one of the top schools for the state of Georgia and the entire nation. Walton’s previous principal, Dr. Catherine Mallanda, was named Cobb Schools Chief Academic Officer over the summer. 

Walton’s new principal has served Cobb students for almost two decades as a teacher and school administrator. Cobb is home and where his own children attend school.  

“I am looking forward to continuing the tradition developed by Walton school leaders before me to foster the excellence that Walton has in academics, arts, and athletics,” Principal Tischler said. 

In his new position, Principal Tischler will continue strengthening the relationships with members of the school community. The Question-and-Answer section provides more insight into his leadership style and goal for Walton.

Question: Why are you excited to serve the Walton High School community as principal? 

Answer: “I have had the honor of serving as the assistant principal for the last seven years at Walton High School and am excited to continue the journey as the next principal. I am excited to expand my leadership role working with staff, students, parents, and the community.”

Question: What most impresses you about the students and school community?

Answer: “The students and staff are the best part of Walton. They are always looking for innovative instructional ideas to better themselves.”

Question: What can the school community expect to see under your leadership?

Answer: “My goal is to provide all Walton students a supportive environment where upon graduation, they have many doors open to them to pursue their individual interests.”

Question: What does student success look like to you?

Answer: “Student success is where teachers meet students where they are academically and provide them with the resources to achieve their fullest potential.”

Question: What do you like most about being an educator?

Answer: “What I like most as an educator is to develop students’ critical thinking skills so they can make a positive impact in society once they leave high school.”

Question: Outside school, where might students, parents, or staff members run into you?

Answer: “Outside of school, you can often see my family and me at sporting events, club activities, and local restaurants.”