Former Galva teacher and coach to lead Annawan High School

GateHouse News Service
Brad Hulick of Galva has been hired as principal of Annawan High School.

Former Galva teacher and coach Brad Hulick has been hired as principal of Annawan High School.

Hulick, a Galva High School graduate, will replace Linda Rakestraw, who left to become an administrator with the Indian Prairie School District in Naperville.

Hulick was hired at the July 16 Annawan School Board meeting. He and his wife and two sons currently live in Galva, but will be looking to relocate to the Annawan area, according to Joe Buresh, Annawan superintendent of schools.

''This is a great opportunity for me,'' Hulick said. ''It's a great school district with super staff and kids. I'm excited to get a chance to be a part of it.''

Hulick is leaving the Kewanee School District, where he's taught the past few years after teaching at Galva High School, where he was also a successful basketball coach.

''Kewanee has been really good to me over the years,'' he said. ''I can't tell you how many good things they've got going on in that district.''

While going through the program to earn his administrative certificate, Hulick interned at Kewanee High School.

'The experience they gave me and the things they taught me make me feel comfortable in making this move,'' he said.

A former high school science teacher and athletic director, Hulick is familiar with the area,has knowledge of high school curriculum and athletics, and experience with administrative duties as an athletic director and substitute assistant principal at Kewanee, making him a top candidate for the position, according to Buresh.

''If I was starting up a school,'' Buresh said, ''Brad Hulick would be on my team. I'm confident he's going to fit in very well here.''