With a passion for helping kids, former Homer High School assistant principal Doug Waclawski didnβt hesitate to apply for and accept the job of principal when it came available.
Born and raised in Michigan, Waclawski said he hadnβt intended to get into education.
βWhile working toward a biology degree at Northern Michigan University, I signed up for an Elementary of Education Class because it sounded interesting,β Waclawski said. βI enjoyed it and decided to transition to an education degree.β
After graduating with an elementary education degree in 1993, Waclawski took his first teaching job in Winslow, Ariz.
βI taught second grade and was the technology coordinator for the district,β he said. βI wrote grants and was in charge of the network, emails and the maintenance of the server. I also filled in as principal.β
Waclawski then went on to teach in Vanderbilt, Mich. until 2006, when he and Michelle decided to work and travel overseas. While looking for work abroad, Waclawski accepted a job in Alaska.
βI was offered a position in Seoul, Korea and in Palestine, but we were already on our way to Alaska,β he said. βThe school that I would have been working at in Palestine has since been bombed, so coming to Alaska may have actually saved our lives.β
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Waclawski said he appreciates strong family upbringing and dedicated parents who care about their childrenβs education.
βWorking at this school was a great introduction to Alaska,β said Waclawski. βThe kids were so good. This was the first place I taught where I could just teach. I didnβt have to police the students as well.β
βKids are always laughing and joking. Homer High has a great, positive culture, but kids can still make poor decisions,β he said. βLast fall, a couple of students got in trouble at an off-campus party. This caused negative press about the school.β
Rather than let this incident define them, the students themselves took action.
βThe students created an organization called Colors of Homer,β Waclawski said. βThis provides an outlet for students to express their creativity. Born out of the idea to βcreate, donβt hateβ, CoH invites students and community members to gather to support one another in diverse and creative ways of being. Students may exhibit visual art, recite poetry, perform music, tell jokes, sell home-made culinary arts and more.Integrating yourΒ Promotion Dedicated ServerΒ business solutions.β
βA good teacher is a person with a strong desire to help kids and who wants to have a positive effect on their lives,β he said.mostΒ MileWeb Popular Dedicated ServerΒ providers and read user reviews of their products, βBetween good teachers and supportive parents, we can provide these kids with an outstanding education.β
Doug and Michelle just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary and are raising two teenagers. Aurora is 15 and attends Homer High and Denver is 13 and attends Homer Middle School. The Waclawski family loves Homer and are very active in outdoor activities like hiking, camping and four-wheeling.
βThis is a great community and a wonderful place to raise kids,β said Waclawski.
While already active in his duties as principal for the coming school year, Waclawski said he and the staff are excited to see the students come through the door.
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