Current teacher tapped to fill SHS principal position
Current Sabetha High School English-Language Arts teacher David Glynn has been chosen to fill the position of principal at the school. Current Principal Sheri Harmer will retire this year, after 31 years in the education field.
The decision to hire Glynn was made by administrators in mid January, and approved by the Board of Education at their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 12.
Glynn has been a teacher at Sabetha High School since the fall of 2013. He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education from Washburn University in December 2012, and served as a long-term substitute at SHS through the spring semester.
“I have a lot of respect for Mr. Glynn,” Harmer said. “He is respected by the staff, and I am confident he will be wonderful.”
Glynn said he had considered teaching as a career change at various times, and he began actively pursuing a future in education in 2005.
“The element that most interests me about the field is the fact that educators are tasked with encouraging and inspiring young people,” Glynn said. “I believe I have something to offer in that regard, and I want to provide the support that students and their families require from their school.”
Glynn said he believes he has learned a number of things in his time as a teacher that will benefit him as a building leader.
“I recognize that everyone brings a unique understanding and experience into the school environment on any given day,” Glynn said. “It has served me well to ensure that all students are respected, valued and recognized.”
“In addition, I have grown to be mindful of the fact that relaying expectations clearly allows individuals to demonstrate the skills and abilities needed to achieve or exceed,” Glynn said. “These are elements I hope to incorporate and continue to build as an administrator.”
Glynn will graduate with his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Fort Hays State University in May.
Superintendent Todd Evans said he believes Glynn will have a “leg up” in his new position, because he is already a highly respected member of the Sabetha community, as well as an educator at SHS.
“He is a known quantity,” Evans said. “Mr. Glynn has the ability to build positive relationships while having the strength of character to confront inappropriate or unsound practices.”
“His approach is student-centered, and he encourages innovation as well as community involvement,” Evans said. “David has a ‘big picture’ perspective on the purpose of high school education. His emphasis is toward making the high school years have a significant impact on the future lives of our students.”
Glynn said that, as SHS Principal, he looks forward to collaborating with professional educators who serve as experts in their content areas.
“I am equally excited to continue fostering relationships with students and working with them to seek out new opportunities that will directly benefit not only themselves, but those around them as well,” Glynn said. “Sabetha High School is blessed to have strong working relationships with individuals and organizations in the local community. I am looking forward to continued work with our supporters and discovering new innovative ways to work together to better serve our students.”
Glynn says he will “undoubtedly” face challenges in his new role, but is confident in a positive outcome.
“I am confident that with the support of the staff and administration, the continued partnership with the community, and the respect of the students, we will be able to move past those challenges quickly in an effort to promote the most positive, respectful, and successful learning environment possible,” Glynn said.
“I hope to continue the strong efforts put forth by the current building and district administration,” Glynn said. “My professional goals as principal are in line with the school’s current core beliefs. In addition, I will strive to be a good steward to all who serve and are served by Sabetha schools. It is my desire to improve the educational experience for all involved.”
Glynn resides in Sabetha with his wife of 20 years, Kerry, and their two children — Henry and Ellen, both students at SHS. The Glynns moved to Sabetha in 2002.
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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.