I……What Do I Believe?
Since we are in the
business of educating and teaching, I will start there. I
am a product of the Anne Arundel County public school system
in Maryland. I graduated from Arundel High School in 1986.
I came to Lexington, Kentucky as a student-athlete and
graduated from UK with a Bachelor of Science degree in
carpentry education. I continued my education at EKU where
I received my masters in technology education and Rank I in
I was certainly not the
smartest kid in the classroom but my parents (fortunately)
pushed me to take challenging classes in high school;
particularly in math and science. Truth be told, like other
teenagers I had hopes that my parents would have let me
slide a little in terms of taking hard courses.
However, in hindsight I owe my parents a great deal
of thanks as they strongly emphasized the importance of a
sound education even though neither of them attended
They were….my first teachers.
I was not an honor-roll
student throughout most of my middle/junior high and high
school education but the “fire” placed under me by my
parents forced me into challenging courses with students
much more academically sound than me. But through many years
of my own education, my career as a teacher and
administrator, and my responsibilities as a father of two
boys, I have forged some strong held beliefs about
education. Here are some of them:
are the FIRST teacher. Kids today go to school ~172 days a
year; 7 hours a day. That leaves approximately 193 days out
of the year plus the other 17 hours in every school day
where they’re away from school. What are they learning
during that time and who is teaching them?
(adults) teach intentionally (math, science, reading, etc.)
but we also teach unintentionally (attitudes,
behaviors, values, etc.) and the unintentional lessons are
absorbed just as much as the intentional.
is THE best “ticket” to keep the chance of future
opportunities a reality . Simply put, a stronger
fundamental education will open many more doors of
opportunity in adulthood than a poor education. Far fewer
choices of opportunity present themselves with a poor
teaches us exponentially more than what we think it
may be the most caring, inviting place a child has in their
life and any/all adults in this school CAN make a positive
as we know it today, is NOT for everyone but an advanced
learning/career-specific education past high school is vital
to adult employment opportunities and an overall “better”
quality of life.
children do not inherently push themselves; particularly in
school. Kids typically don’t understand the true value of
an education and it is a parent/guardian’s job to instill
this mindset day in and day out. One day they will
Keep in mind…
I want parents and
guardians to know you never need to make an “appointment” to
see me. However, if I am in the middle of something I may
not be able to meet right when you come in.
Our first job is to keep
your children safe. I shape my decisions based on that
At some point, we may
disagree. I will have an opinion about a particular matter
you bring to me. I will respect your right to disagree and
I ask that you do the same.
I am confident in my
abilities to run a safe, efficient, and educationally
conducive school. That said, I am human and I make
I will always remain
humble in the thought that I need to constantly improve as a
principal, a husband, a dad, and a Christian.
Let’s have a great school
Michael E. McIntire