Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! It’s a very exciting time for East Aurora High School. As many of you already know, there will be a lot of changes occurring this year…..new faces, new programs, new construction, and new ideas stimulating discussion throughout the halls of East High.
I am excited to begin my first year as Principal of East Aurora High School and to be a part of this change as well. Although we often fear change, especially change on such a large scale, I think it is important to embrace it. Over time I have come to understand that everything changes; nothing remains the same, and the only question is whether you are changing for the better, or for worse. It is obvious to me that the change occurring here at East will be change for the better.
I know many of you are curious about me, the new guy, and my experiences and education. So, I would be happy to share a little with you. First, I began my career many years ago as a high school teacher. Specifically, I taught high school business education classes for a total of thirteen years. I also coached a variety of sports during that time as well, mostly football, basketball, and baseball. After teaching and coaching for thirteen years, I moved on to an assistant principal/athletic director position. And then, most recently, I was a high school principal for the past three years.
In addition to my experiences, I am completing an Educational Specialist Degree at Western Illinois University this school year. I am excited to take some of my recent course work and apply it to East. Once I complete my Specialist Degree this year, my goal is to begin a Doctoral program in Education beginning the summer of 2014.
I believe both my experience and education have prepared me well for this position and I am excited to work with the students, parents, teachers, and administration within School District 131. I think together we will make significant strides towards improvement.
Lastly, I would like to share with you some of my educational philosophy. As we begin another school year together, I would like to take the time to remind parents to encourage their sons and daughters to get involved in their school. Every successful student that I have ever had the good fortune of working with has made a connection with their school. Maybe the connection was art, or drama, or band. For others it might be athletics, clubs, or ROTC. The trick as a parent is to encourage your son or daughter to find their connection, the connection that best fits them, and for them to explore all possibilities.
When students find a connection, they inherently become vested in their school and motivated to come to school. This motivation improves their chances of being successful each day they attend and long after their high school experience is over. Now, during their high school experience, is the time to try something new and dare to be great!
Spencer S. Byrd
East Aurora High School