The Kishwaukee Region Illinois Principal Association has selected Harvard High School’s Michael Patterson as their Dean of the Year.
Patterson has served as dean for the last six years at Harvard High School. When asked about his role, Patterson said, "Attendance, tardies, negative behavior, and grades are only part of the story when working with our students and their families. You find these are symptoms of bigger challenges outside of school. Assisting to alleviate these hurdles in conjunction with the families and staff at Harvard High School and seeing a student come out the other side of those challenges is why I love my job. Those moments where students can know success and overcome adversity. That's where real learning is. I'm blessed to work with Harvard's students, families, and staff."
Describing Patterson’s work, Principal Carl Hobbs said, “He’s made a concerted effort to recognize positive behavior in our students, rather than only focusing on negative conduct.” This change in focus and expectations has directly resulted in higher attendance numbers and reduced tardiness at the high school.
Assistant Principal John Hollingsworth added, “Mike has been a champion for increasing our daily attendance rate, focusing on our '95 in Hive' and '8 is Great' programs.” These programs target attendance and ensure students arrive on time to school. Hollingsworth explained, “If you’re not in school, you’re not learning. Timeliness and accountability is a life skill we want our students to have and continue into their adult lives.”
Patterson will be recognized at a formal ceremony in February.