MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
In 2014, at the MCPS Spring Summit, we unveiled our 6 Big Dreams for Marion County Public Schools. At the time, these were very ambitious ideas about what we wanted to accomplish over the next several years. Since then, through our community partnerships and tireless efforts by our teachers, principals, and staff we have made great strides in turning those 6 Big Dreams into a reality. While they still guide long-term planning, I think it is important to take time to appreciate how far we’ve come and also perhaps re-evaluate where we go from here.
For example, one of our 6 Big Dreams -- 24/7 Technology -- is to provide access to ever-evolving technology to all of our students. Today, our district offers 1-to-1 devices to students in 6th-12th grades and our elementary schools have opportunities to utilize technology more so than ever before. The question now isn’t “How do we provide access to technology?” but rather, “How do we best utilize the tools we’ve made available?”
Likewise, our Next Generation Marion County Big Dream was built on the idea of providing leadership opportunities for our students. We now have a dynamic Student Ambassador program that continues to grow, as well as a host of other clubs and organizations that also help build leadership capacity throughout MCPS. How do we continue to develop these programs and extend them further into the fabric of our community?
Our Learning Begins at Birth Big Dream has been bolstered by our participation in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides free books to children from birth to age five. And our Born Learning Academies help make sure students are Kindergarten-ready.
We’ve witnessed many successes with our 6 Big Dreams, but our work isn’t done. I see the next evolution as becoming even more engaged with our community. This school district isn’t merely be a set of buildings where we send our young people. Instead, MCPS is a vital and dynamic part of the local culture. Whether it is packed stands at sporting events or our Student Ambassadors speaking at local functions, MCPS will continue to engage with the people and organizations that make Marion County so special.
At the 2017 Spring Summit, a suggestion was made by an attendee that we explore ways to provide peer-to-peer mentoring. The following school year, our Student Ambassadors served as mentors for students at Marion County Middle School to help build confidence and better prepare them for the next stages of their education. This is just one example, but it serves as an important illustration -- when community and school district collaborate and share ideas, we can accomplish great things.
With that in mind, I would like to invite you to share your ideas for the next steps MCPS can take to further strengthen these community bonds. As we’ve seen with our 6 Big Dreams, through hard work and collaboration, great ideas have the potential to become powerful realities.
2013-Present Marion County Public Schools, Superintendent
2010-2013 Marion County Public Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Learning
2005-2010 Marion County Public Schools, Marion County High School Principal
2003-2005 Washington County Public Schools, Washington County High School
2002-2003 Marion County Public Schools, St. Charles Middle School Principal
January 2002-June 2002 Washington County Public Schools, Math Teacher
August 1993-December 2001 Clay County Public Schools, Goose Rock Elementary School Principal, High School Math Teacher, BETA Club Sponsor
August 1994-May 2000 Eastern Kentucky University, Developmental Algebra Course Instructor
June 1992-July 1993 Federal Bureau of Prisons, GED teacher and Coordinator