Munster secondary school principal retires from public education | Education

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MUNSTER — After nine years as principal of Munster Secondary School, Mike Wells is retiring from teaching K-12.

Wells will take on a new role in the private education sector as Midwest regional manager for Cognia.

This was Wells’ nineteenth year at MHS, where he served as an athletic trainer, sponsor, teacher and assistant manager.

Wells is excited about his new position at Cognia, where he can work with other school districts on continuous improvement. Wells will oversee schools in Iowa and Illinois.

He said it was a tough decision because the teachers and staff at MHS are amazing, but he felt it was time to make a change, and it was an opportunity he couldn’t let go. to pass.

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However, Wells said he will miss MHS very much. He said there have been so many accomplishments since he’s been there and he loves seeing students succeed.

He said that during his career at MHS, he was able to be part of some amazing opportunities, including bringing students to Florida’s Everglades National Park and Washington DC. He also said that under his tenure, MHS became the 13th high school in the nation to be STEM certified. .

The school also established its manufacturing lab and business incubator this academic year. He said the school has come a long way.

Wells also said that none of his success as a principal would be possible without the help of his family, namely his wife, Jill, and children, Angie and Faith. He said he felt he had to make sacrifices in his personal life to work as a building manager, and his family was always understanding.

Thomas Barnes, an English teacher at MHS, said when he got his master’s degree he followed Wells as assistant principal. He said seeing how Wells handled difficult situations sharpened his skills as a teacher and leader.

Leroy Marsh, a physical education and health teacher at MHS, said Wells has always been focused on making MHS the best high school to attend and work for.

“For Mike (Wells), Munster High School is more than a place to work, it has been like a second home to him for many years. The students and staff are like family. His leadership skills, sense of humor and his dedication will be missed the most,” he said in an email.

Marsh said he would miss his friendship with Wells, as he was one of the warmest directors he had worked for in his career.

Jennifer Dettlo, a Spanish teacher at MHS, said she’s known Wells since he was just a science teacher at MHS. He had the classroom next to his. She said they started a prank war and were very competitive.

She said she will miss his sense of humor and the way he was always available to talk if there was a problem.

The search process for a new MHS Director is ongoing. An online survey was sent out to stakeholders, including MHS teachers, staff, Munster School Town students in grades 8-12, district families and Munster residents. Responses will be used to gather thoughts on the qualifications and qualities that stakeholders believe are important for the next director.

District-level administrators will conduct initial screening interviews to identify qualified candidates for the screening committee to interview. The selection committee will be made up of selected parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members.

The committee will conduct in-person interviews and select finalists for the position. Incoming Superintendent Bret Heller will conduct final interviews and select the next Chief of MHS. The administration hopes to announce the name of the new director by the end of April or the beginning of May.

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