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. When asked about his role, Patterson said, “I love working with our students. Harvard has great kids.” Patterson finds reward in moments when students choose to improve their academic direction and when he meets former students who have found success after high school.
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.