2017-05-18 / Front Page

Emerald principal accepts teaching position

Mason moves to science, board will look to fill opening

MANISTIQUE – Emerald Elementary is losing its principal – to a teaching position at Manistique Middle and High School. The decision was made during Monday’s meeting of the Manistique Area Schools Board of Education.

According to MAS Superintendent Maryann Boddy, current seventh and eighth grade science teacher Laurie Lindstrom recently submitted a letter of intent for retirement. Lindstrom will finish out the remainder the 2016-17 school year, but will not return in fall for the commencement of the 2017-18 school year.

Boddy explained that the district advertised for the open position for approximately one month, timing it to coincide with the end of the college semester to possible attract new graduates.

“We ended up with seven applicants for the position,” she said. “Mr. (John) Shiner (MHS principal) and I both reviewed the seven applicants and named our top three ... we did agree on our top three.”

Each of the three applicants were contacted for an interview, Boddy explained, with only two responding to the request.

“We interviewed both candidates last week,” said Shiner. “Both outstanding candidates – one right out of the blocks, graduating now, still working on his endorsement … but the other candidate was clearly the person that we wanted, with lots of science teaching experience. Not only that, some administrative experience to boot.”

Shiner then noted that they elected to move forward with the aforementioned candidate – who also happens to be current Emerald Elementary Principal Erik Mason. The MAS board voted unanimously to approve the recommendation to hire Mason as the new seventh and eighth grade science teacher beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

Mason’s contract as Emerald Elementary principal expires June 30.

“I’m blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity to become a science teacher,” Mason said following the board’s vote. “Since the ripe old age of 28 I’ve been an administrator, and when I talk to other administrators from all walks of life, the number one thing they always say is, ‘What we know now as administrators … what could we do to go back in the classroom to make it happen?’ You know what? I … have that opportunity.

That’s the exciting part about this,” he continued. “Plus, starting out as eighth grade teacher in science and being able to finish my career, to a capacity, with science in seventh and eighth grade – touching those lives of those kids in the classroom.”

Following the meeting, Boddy noted that she is “on the fast track” to get Mason’s principal position filled.

“I have presented options to the board that they have supported and I expect to move forward with that plan in the next few days,” she said.

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