It will be a homecoming of sorts for Mark Meyer, the incoming principal at Gardner Edgerton High School.
Meyer is a 1989 graduate of GEHS. He also taught at the school, coached the Blazer football team and served as an assistant principal for nine years before becoming the principal at De Soto High School.
“I’ve been a Trailblazer my entire life,” Meyer said.
Meyer loves his job at De Soto.
“I am in an amazing position right now,” he said. “De Soto High School is a wonderful, wonderful place to educate your kids. The kids are incredible. The faculty is incredible. The parents are so supportive. It’s been a wonderful experience these last two years.”
But home was calling.
“My mom lives literally across the street from (GEHS). Most of my siblings live in the immediate area. Our daughter is a freshman at GEHS,” Meyer said.
Members of the school board made the Meyer hire official during a March 10 board meeting. Interim Superintendent Pam Stranathan worked with Meyer at GEHS.
“As an assistant principal he was instrumental in helping students and staff achieve their very best, continuing the tradition of excellence at GEHS, and creating a collaborate environment for success,” she said in a press release. “I’m very excited to have Mr. Meyer back as an administrator for USD 231.”
Meyer knows he will have big shoes to fill. He will replace GEHS Principal Tim Brady, who will retire at the end of this school year after more than 30 years with the school district.
“Tim Brady has always been a huge figure in my life since the moment I met him in middle school,” Meyer said.
Brady had kind words for Meyer as well.
“Mark is not only one of the best administrators I have worked with, but also one of the finest people I know,” Brady said. “…He will be a great addition to GEHS.”
Meyer received his Associate of Arts degree from Independence Community College; Bachelor of Arts from Baker University; Masters of Educational Administration from Emporia State University; and District Level Leadership Licensure from Pittsburg State University.
His first official day at GEHS will be July 1, but he isn’t planning on making major changes at the school.
“Having worked with almost that entire staff for years, I think it’s going to be a great advantage,” Meyer said. “I am going to be able to better serve them. I don’t have any plans for change. I just need to observe and learn and if we make changes it will be a collective decision. We’ll work together as a staff to do that.”