ELDRED –– When Michael Conklin saw the job posting for Eldred Junior/Senior High School Principal, he said he knew it was a role he’d love to be selected for. His first day on the …
ELDRED –– When Michael Conklin saw the job posting for Eldred Junior/Senior High School Principal, he said he knew it was a role he’d love to be selected for. His first day on the job was July 1.
“I began my career teaching in the Florida Union Free School District in Florida, New York,” said Conklin. “Eldred and Florida are very similar in that they are both small districts that take a lot of pride in their community. I used to come to Eldred as a coach and I immediately was attracted to the building and the school environment. Coaching basketball in the gym for a number of years really gives you the feel of a small community from the movie Hoosiers”
While Conklin had spent time as an administrator at a larger school district, he knew he wanted to return to a smaller district, like Eldred.
“I could not be more grateful and happy to be the new Principal at Eldred Jr./Sr. High School,” said Conklin. “I was very appreciative of all the stakeholders taking time out of their busy schedules to meet me during the interview process, especially the Board of Education, Superintendent [Traci] Ferreira, and former Superintendent Dr. [John] Morgano.”
Conklin attended Mount Saint Mary College and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History as well as two masters’ degrees; one from the New York Institute of Technology (Masters of Instructional Technology) and the other from Long Island University (Masters of Education in Educational Leadership).
Conklin has background as a Co-Principal/Assistant Principal at Valley Central High School for four years. He had been at the Florida UFSD in the six prior, serving as a special education and classroom teacher. Conklin currently resides in Warwick with his family.
He said he’s had a great first month in the new role and that “it is clear that a positive climate and culture has been established here at the Jr./Sr. High School.”
“I plan on building relationships with all stakeholders and look forward to getting to know everyone,” Conklin said. “As far as goals for this coming year, I want to create a welcoming and engaging learning environment for every student where they can develop the certain skills they will need after leaving high school. I am a big believer in communication and consistency and I plan to be accessible for my faculty and staff and make sure they feel like they are a part of our school community.”
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