Message from the Superintendent
Dear Pea Ridge Schools Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members,
Welcome to another new school year. The 2012-13 school year promises
to be a great one. I would like to take this opportunity to say I am
honored and very excited to be your Superintendent of Schools. The Pea
Ridge School District is one of the finest school districts in the
state. Since serving as high school principal here at Pea Ridge for the
last seven years, I have learned the tradition of excellence that exists
is due to the wonderful people of our community and the hard work of
our students and staff.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about me
and my family. First and foremost, I am a husband and father. My wife
Sheila and I have two adult boys 27 and 23 years old. My wife coaches
and teaches at Central Junior High in Springdale. My sons will be
entering their senior years of college and hopefully graduating in May.
Our boys are far from perfect but they are good guys. I tell you this
because my experiences as a father have helped to shape me as an
educator and a leader.
I deeply believe in a quality and comprehensive education for all
students. Pea Ridge is known not only for its academic excellence and
extracurricular programs, but also for the positive and healthy
relationships between staff and students. I take very seriously that you
have entrusted the young people of this community to our care and
expect our fine staff to give their best day in and day out.
My mission as your Superintendent is also my passion and is the
reason I do what I do. That is, to maintain and grow a rigorous teaching
and learning environment that provides every student with a sense of
belonging while helping students to grow intellectually, emotionally and
socially. It is critical to every student’s success that they graduate
from high school with the habits of mind and skills necessary to pursue
and achieve their goals and dreams.
I was fortunate enough to have several days this past spring and summer
to work with Dr. Roland Smith. It was truly a pleasure learning from an
incredible teacher and now lifelong friend. Last spring and this summer,
I visited schools and classrooms, participated in construction meetings
and worked with our leadership team developing work goals that will
maintain our excellence and drive us toward continuous improvement.
There is much for your students to be excited about when they return
on Monday, Aug. 20. We will be opening our new Intermediate School
downtown. All of our schools, most recently our new Pea Ridge
Alternative Learning Academy, has been renovated and updated to give
students and teachers the space and enhanced technology they need for
21st century learning. Finally, the process has begun for the
construction of the new football stadium. Our community, school board
and stakeholders are excited.