Who Am 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 education administration.
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’ve “let me slide” a little in terms of
taking highly challenging 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 college. They were….my first
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. 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
1. Parents/Guardians 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
2. We (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.
3. A child’s education 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 education. For all of the aspiring athletes that wish
to play professional sports when they grow up…. Have an
education too. Everybody needs insurance.
4. School teaches us exponentially more than what we think
5. School may be the most caring, inviting place a child
has in their life and any/all adults in this school CAN
make a positive difference.
6. College, 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.
7. Most children do not inherently push themselves;
particularly in school. Kids typically don’t understand
the true value of an education until AFTER they’ve reached
adulthood. It is the moral responsibility of a
parent/guardian’s to instill this mindset day in and day
out. One day they will appreciate it.
8. With technology exponentially changing our world as
RAPIDLY as it is, the best overall lesson/skill for the
future will be a child’s ability to adapt and change to
these new learning methods. A method used today may be
obsolete in a very short amount of time. The ability to
learn and relearn will be critical.
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 first job.
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 reciprocate.
I am confident in my abilities to run a safe, efficient,
and educationally conducive school. That said, I am human
and I make mistakes… EVERY day.
I will always remain humble in the thought that I need to
constantly improve as a principal, a husband, a dad, and a
Let’s have a great school year.
Michael E. McIntire