“A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.”
I am sure the entire Paris area knows by now, it is with mixed emotions and a lot of excitement that I announce my resignation from the position of director of Paris High School. I have accepted the position of superintendent of Morrisonville Community Unit School District No. 1. My last day in the office at Paris High School will be June 30, 2017.
It is hard to know exactly what to say about a decision to leave a place you have loved to work for the past 28 years. Paris High School is a place where I have worked alongside some of the best people: the kind who made me a better person everyday. It was a place where I knew my own children were safe and challenged to become their very best. I do know that I have been very blessed by my decision to come here to teach back in 1989.
The experiences I have had here are invaluable! I was lucky enough to work for The State of Illinois’ first cooperative high school and be a part of a team that oversaw the design and construction of an amazing new campus. Every day I was able to work with outstanding people who really cared about students and did their best to challenge and engage them in innovative ways. I had the incredible support of a great Board of Education and cooperating superintendents. BUT…best of all, I was entrusted with the safety and education of some of the most amazing young men and women! I will miss you all very much!
The decision to leave here was not an easy one. For many years I have had held the credentials to be a superintendent of schools and have had the goal of eventually becoming one. Now that my children have finished their public education, my wife and I have decided it is time for me to pursue my goal of working for an educational community as a school superintendent. I am excited, and even though that excitement is tempered with the thought of leaving the only location I have ever worked as an educator, I know it is the right time for me to go. I will never forget the wonderful people that have supported my family and me, you simply are the best!
There will always be a part of me that bleeds orange and black!