An award winning, elementary school principal who retired after a DWI arrest, is speaking out tonight only on NBC 6. Reporter Karen Hopkins spoke with the former educator who says, anyone can learn from his story. “It’s a terrible feeling that youve worked so hard for your entire life to get to a certain point and then one silly decision you might make can jeopardize the whole thing." Tim Thompson dedicated 30 years of his life to the Bossier parish school system. But just last month, he retired, after a DWI arrest. “I certainly expect to be vindicated for all charges. “ “Our whole family was heartbroken and it was so difficult because we felt like everything was swept underneath us," wife Kay Thompson says. As a principal and teacher, Thompson says his story is a life lesson about consequences that come from the choices we make. But also, learning how to pass a challenging test. “We got cards, phone, calls; people make the difference during tough times,” Kay Thompson says. But now things are slowing down, and Thompson has time to look at his legacy: the principal of the year, and the leader of the highest rated school in Bossier parish. "We really believe everything happens for a purpose and there is a bigger plan." And that plan, Thompson says could lead him back to school. He says hes considering working for a private charter school. Mr. Thompson was arrested about two months ago. He is facing charges of DWI, littering, open container and speeding. His court date is pending.