What Mike Brings to the Stillwater Schools Board

Integrity Ethics RespectStrong, Clear Core Values

  • The variety of our schools and the varied elementary school delivery adds to our outstanding junior and senior high schools, and strengthens us as a district
  • As an elected group, the Board of Directors for Stillwater Area Public Schools must first listen to all stakeholders, encourage freedom of expression, and ask tough questions and demand thorough and transparent answers
  • We all need to do a much better job of working together for our kids

Extensive Experience and Expertise as a Leader for Stillwater Area Public Schools

  • More than 45 years of experience as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, education consultant, and board member
  • Eight years of experience as a school board member, including three years as vice chair and one as clerk, and four years at District 916 Intermediate Board
  • Proven knowledge in educational leadership, curriculum, and policy issues
  • Expertise as a leading presenter, panelist, and co-author on education issues
  • Across-the-board know-how as a consultant and member of committees and task forces such as
    • The Youth Alcohol and Drug Steering Committee
    • The 2007 and 2011 school district levy campaigns
    • Policy, Finance, and Legislative committees
    • The Kern Family Foundation, which has awarded Project Lead the Way (PLTW) start-up grants totaling millions of dollars

The Ability to Facilitate Continuous Improvement, Preparing All Students for Successful Futures

  • A fundamental understanding of research-based decision-making and utilization of best practices
  • Robust knowledge of design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum and its effective delivery
  • Strong belief in focusing on student outcomes using a variety of measurements to benchmark student success
  • Experience in improvement and preservation of our country’s engineering and technology capabilities through a middle and high school pre-engineering program called PLTW, an important subset of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum
  • Played a pioneering role in bringing PLTW to District 834 and St. Croix Catholic schools, demonstrating how PLTW could be piloted with no initial District 834 cost
  • Experience improving teacher performance through ongoing supervision, evaluation, mentoring, training, and coaching

An Understanding of Power of Community Partnerships

  • A clear vision that quality educational outcomes are developed from strong partnerships between teachers, parents, students, and business and community leaders
  • Success in recruiting numerous businesses and industries as partners with local school districts
  • Leadership in developing the Stillwater Schools’ program that enables students to earn a varsity letter in community service