Waterhouse grew up in Michigan and joined the Army when he was 18 years old, where he served for 29 years. While in the service, he managed about 50,000 infantrymen.
He attended Del Mar College and Texas A&I. He said his father was ill when he got out of the Army, so he moved to Texas to work as a project manager for a construction firm.
“You build something, and that’s great, and for me, I didn’t feel I changed anyone’s life or made a difference to the country,” Waterhouse said. “That’s what motivates me.”
He said a retired professor told him he should work in education after he gave a speech at Texas A&M in Kingsville, so he started preparing for a change in careers.
He started out his career in education by teaching world history, AP, government and economics for a couple of years.
After that he worked as a principal in Premont, then as assistant principal in Robstown, where he became principal and stayed for three years before coming to George West.
“It was even more of a culture shock,” Waterhouse said. “It was elementary school, and there were kids hugging your leg. Kids can tell if you care about them, and they’ll respond to that.”
He said George West’s reputation for having supportive parents, good attendance and test scores, and excellent leadership were what brought him to GWHS. He currently commutes from Premont where his wife works as a school secretary.
“Every year, I read about these kids, athletically and academically, and looked at their completion and truancy rates, and it’s not a mystery,” Waterhouse said. “You come to school and you’ll learn something; that’s parent support. Kids are kids, they will make bad choices without guidance and the parents that provide that guidance.”
He said his goal is to maintain the school’s reputation and provide the students at GWHS with the academic background they need to become anything they want with a sense of responsibility to ensure they’re contributing members of society after graduation.
“I’m happy to be here and recognize it’s a tremendous opportunity,” Waterhouse said.