JFK's new principal is fourth in five years
If you were to tell Sean Aker a month ago that he would soon be a high school principal in Mount Angel, he would have thought you were crazy.
I wasnt looking at all, said the former Scio Middle School teacher. This fell into my lap. The only reason Id contemplate moving from Scio is we were looking to move closer to family.
But Aker said he quickly fell in love with the job and the administrative team in the Mount Angel School District. He is now the fourth principal at John F. Kennedy High School in five years, replacing Craig Swanson.
Swanson, former assistant principal at Sprague High School, has now returned there after one year in Mount Angel to be its principal.
But Aker said he plans on sticking around for a while.
Its hard to wipe the smile off my face,?he said. Im sure the community and staff has concerns, but all I can do is show up and work hard. I never pay attention to job descriptions because of that part that says other duties as assigned. That means if something needs done, I make sure it gets done.
Superintendent Troy Stoops is also confident Aker will do well as the new principal.
I think hes going to be a great fit for our community,?Stoops said.
While the majority of Akers professional experience has been at the middle school level, he does have experience coaching high school baseball.
Theres a different set of needs and skills with high school students,?Aker said. Im excited to find out more about their needs.
Aker also brings with him a bilingual background, having just spent two weeks of Spanish immersion in San Miguel, Mexico, with his wife.
Im so excited to have the opportunity to use that,?he said, noting the school districts sizable English language learner population.
Aker is also looking forward to expanding the schools career technical education program in the future and working on Advancement Via Individual Determination, a program that helps at-risk and low-achieving youths to improve. In fact, hes meeting most of his staff for the first time this week at an AVID conference in San?Diego.
I know Troy had a vision and Im really excited to be here for that new wave (of education), he said.