July 2, 2014
Join us as Mike talks with me about education in Georgia and
tells us some things about what makes Mike…Mike.
Mike has served the families of Georgia through public
education over 31 years.
He has been a teacher, administrator, high school principal,
assistant superintendent and now the Chief Academic Officer for the State of
We talked about the responsibilities of the Chief Academic
Officer (basically, I asked him what he does…)
Listen to hear Mike explain that his greatest lesson learned
as the Chief Academic Officer was... “I didn’t know... what I didn’t know.”
Mike reflected on the initiative called Career Pathways and
the positive role it will play for the children of Georgia in their future
I asked Mike what challenges he thought teachers faced today
that are different than from when he was a high school principal…
One of his comments was …Time. Check out where we go with
Mike is the child of a soldier who moved with his career.
This meant that Mike had to learn to make friends and to get along with others
who were different than him. Mike talks about his love for diversity.
Mike is running for the State Superintendent of Schools of
Georgia. He shared his thoughts about the race and what he would bring to the
role if he was elected.
Mike is a fan of Jim Collins and John Maxwell as leadership
writers and the lessons of life found in the Bible. Currently, he is reading a book called Praying Circles around Your Children by Mark Batterson. He says that he sees the greatest
leadership challenge as that of being a parent and raising children. He reflected on a couple of thoughts from the
book that have had a huge impact on his interactions with his children and how
he lives his life:
Teaching your own kids how to say and mean…please,
thank you, and I’m sorry.
I try to live my life in such a way that those
who know me best respect me the most.
You can find out more about Mike at his website www.buckforsuperintendent.com
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